PORT PHILLIP BAY


Brittle Star 

Ophiopeza cylindrica (Hutton, 1872)

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Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Echinodermata
Class:
Ophiuroidea
Order:
Ophiurida
Family:
Ophiodermatidae
Genus:
Ophiopeza
Species:
cylindrica

General Description

Disc round, covered in minute granules (including the radial shields), arms short, tapered and strong-looking, with up to eight small inconspicuous arm spines. Colour: dark disc with light bands on the arms. Disc to 12 mm diameter, arms to 4 cm.

Biology

This species broods its young internally and is probably a nocturnal carnivore.

Habitat

Rocky reefs, under rocks, sometimes found on sheltered shallow water reefs but usually in depths of 18-150 m.

Reefs

Distribution guide

New Zealand and southern 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 2746

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, Ophiopeza cylindrica, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 17 Aug 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/6612

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