BIOTIC Species Information for Ophiura albida
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Researched byLizzie Tyler Data supplied byUniversity of Sheffield
Refereed byThis information is not refereed.
Taxonomy
Scientific nameOphiura albida Common nameBrittlestar
MCS CodeZB168 Recent SynonymsNone

PhylumEchinodermata SubphylumAsterozoa
Superclass ClassOphiuroidea
Subclass OrderOphiurida
Suborder FamilyOphiuridae
GenusOphiura Speciesalbida
Subspecies   

Additional Information
Taxonomy References Howson & Picton, 1997, Hayward & Ryland, 1995b, Hayward et al., 1996, Fish & Fish, 1996,
General Biology
Growth formRadial
Stellate
Feeding methodPassive suspension feeder
Active suspension feeder
Surface deposit feeder
Sub-surface deposit feeder
Mobility/MovementCrawler
Burrower
Environmental positionEpibenthic
Typical food typesInsufficient information HabitFree living
Bioturbator FlexibilityLow (10-45 degrees)
FragilityFragile SizeSmall(1-2cm)
HeightInsufficient information Growth RateInsufficient information
Adult dispersal potential1km-10km DependencyIndependent
SociabilitySolitary
Toxic/Poisonous?No
General Biology Additional Information
Biology References Hayward & Ryland, 1990, Julie Bremner, unpub data,
Distribution and Habitat
Distribution in Britain & IrelandCommon all around Britain.
Global distributionNorthern Norway to the Azores and the Med.
Biogeographic rangeNot researched Depth range4 - 850 m
MigratoryInsufficient info.   
Distribution Additional Information

Substratum preferencesFine clean sand
Sandy mud
Muddy sand
Physiographic preferencesInsufficient information
Biological zoneInsufficient information
Wave exposureInsufficient information
Tidal stream strength/Water flowInsufficient information
SalinityInsufficient information
Habitat Preferences Additional InformationMostly sublittoral on a variety of soft substrata.
Distribution References Hayward & Ryland, 1995b, Hayward et al., 1996, Hayward & Ryland, 1990, Julie Bremner, unpub data, Mortensen, 1927,
Reproduction/Life History
Reproductive typeGonochoristic
Developmental mechanism
Reproductive SeasonInsufficient information Reproductive LocationInsufficient information
Reproductive frequency Regeneration potential No
Life span3-5 years Age at reproductive maturity
Generation timeInsufficient information Fecundity
Egg/propagule size Fertilization typeInsufficient information
Larvae/Juveniles
Larval/Juvenile dispersal potentialInsufficient information Larval settlement periodInsufficient information
Duration of larval stage   
Reproduction Preferences Additional Information
Reproduction References Julie Bremner, unpub data,
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