PORT PHILLIP BAY


Brittle Star 

Ophioplocus bispinosus Clark, 1918

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Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Echinodermata
Class:
Ophiuroidea
Order:
Ophiurida
Family:
Ophiuridae
Genus:
Ophioplocus
Species:
bispinosus

General Description

Disc round and flat, arms short and stiff. Slow moving, relatively rigid arms. Disc covered in minute tumid plates, arm plates fragmented into numerous platelets. Two short arm spines on each side of a segment. Colour uniform grey, tan or pale, arms can be faintly banded. Disc to 1 cm in diameter, arms to 2 cm long.

Biology

This species broods its young internally.

Habitat

Lives under rocks on reefs, to depth of 50 m.

Reefs

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

South-eastern Australia, including western and central Victoria.

Species Group

Seastars and allies Brittle stars

Depth

Shore (0-1 m)
Shallow (1-30 m)
Deep ( > 30 m)

Water Column

On or near sea floor

Max Size

1 cm

Diet

Not known

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Native to Australia

Species Code

MoV 1923

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, Ophioplocus bispinosus, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 18 Nov 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/6610

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