Image Hilmar Hinz - Ophiura ophiura in a laboratory. Image width ca XX cm.
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Ophiura ophiura is not listed under any importance categories.
|Phylum||Echinodermata||Starfish, brittlestars, sea urchins & sea cucumbers|
|Class||Stelleroidea||Starfish, sea stars, cushion stars and brittlestars|
|Recent synonyms||Ophiura texturata|
|Recorded Distribution in Britain and Ireland||All British and Irish coasts.|
|Habitat information||Common over sand and muddy-sand. It extends from the lower shore to depths of about 200 m.|
|Description||The colour of the brittlestar Ophiura ophiura varies from dull brown to sandy orange. The disc is up to about 35 mm in diameter and the arms are about four times as long as the diameter of the disc. The dorsal and ventral surfaces of the disc is covered with plates. The arms are made of articulating calcareous pieces that allow considerable twisting in the lateral plane. Ophiura ophiura can be distinguished from similar species by having pores between the ventral plates at the base of each arm and by having combs of about 30 fine papillae at each base. It is red to brown in colour above, and paler below.|
|Additional information||Ophiura ophiura is a suspension feeder and feeds on a wide range of food.|
This review can be cited as follows:
Ana Ruiz 2008. Ophiura ophiura. A brittlestar. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 21/05/2013]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/speciesinformation.php?speciesID=3981>