Asteroidea | Valvatida
Lane, D.J.W., L.M. Marsh, VandenSpiegel and F.W.E. Rowe. 2000. (Ref. 81020)
Size / Weight / Age
Benthic; depth range 0 - 183 m (Ref. 81020)
Climate / Range
Indo-Pacific. Tropical and subtropical.
Cryptic, rare on reef flat, lagoon and seaward reef (Ref. 102252). Also on a reef slope (Ref. 97449). Ophidiasterids are typical substrate film-feeders as well as on rock-encrusting organisms (Ref. 108108). Members of the class Asteroidea exhibit both asexual (regeneration and clonal) and sexual (gonochoric) means of reproduction. Life cycle: Embryos hatch into planktonic larvae and later metamorphose into pentamorous juveniles which develop into young sea stars with stubby arms (Ref. 833).
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 114614)
CITES status (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
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