PORT PHILLIP BAY


Brittle Star 

Ophiacantha shepherdi Baker & Devaney, 1981

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Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Echinodermata
Class:
Ophiuroidea
Order:
Ophiurida
Family:
Ophiacanthidae
Genus:
Ophiacantha
Species:
shepherdi

General Description

Small species with minute granules on the disc. The upper arm spines on the first segment next to the disc are notably taller than all others. Colour brown. Disc up to 2 mm wide, arm up to 12 mm long.

Biology

The feeding behaviour and favoured prey are unknown.

Habitat

Occurs in clumps of algae at shallow subtidal depths (1-24 m).

Reefs

Distribution guide

South-eastern Australia, excluding Tasmania. In western and central Victoria.

Species Group

Seastars and allies Brittle stars

Depth

Shallow (1-30 m)

Water Column

On or near sea floor

Max Size

2 mm

Diet

Not known

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Native to Australia

Species Code

MoV 1946

Identify

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Not listed
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Not listed

Author

article author O'Hara, T.

Dr. Tim O'Hara is a Senior Curator of marine invertebrates at Museum Victoria.

citation

Cite this page as:
O'Hara, T., 2011, Brittle Star, Ophiacantha shepherdi, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 17 Aug 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/6605

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