PORT PHILLIP BAY


Brittle Star 

Ophiura kinbergi (Ljungman, 1866)

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Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Echinodermata
Class:
Ophiuroidea
Order:
Ophiurida
Family:
Ophiuridae
Genus:
Ophiura
Species:
kinbergi

General Description

Small animal with short tapered arms. Three relatively long arm spines, minute combs of papillae at the base of the arm, many minute tentacle scales. Colour: disc patterned brown, white and grey, arms fainted banded brown and pale. Disc to 1 cm in diameter, arms to 2 cm in length.

Biology

This brittle star skates across the seafloor by vigorous movements of its arms. It is presumably a carnivore of small fauna.

Habitat

Soft sediment, in depths 2-500 m.

Soft substrates

Distribution guide

Indo-Malay region to Japan, including Australia.

Species Group

Seastars and allies Brittle stars

Depth

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

Water Column

On or near sea floor

Max Size

1 cm

Diet

Carnivore

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Recorded in Australia

Species Code

MoV 666

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, Ophiura kinbergi, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 18 Aug 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/6611

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