Ophiuroidea | Ophiurida
Census of marine life's education and outreach team. 2008. (Ref. 80485)
Size / Weight / Age
Benthic; depth range 32 - 1700 m (Ref. 1456)
Climate / Range
Indo-West Pacific and the Antarctic.
Minimum depth from Ref. 87801. This deposit and suspension feeder is found on stones, rock and mud (Ref. 87801), at depths of 32 to 1700 m on a seamount (Refs. 80485, 87801). Members of the class Ophiuroidea are mostly gonochoric, others are protandric. Fertilization is external. Brooding is common, bursae is used as brood chambers where the embryos develop into juveniles and later crawl out from the bursal slits. Life cycle: Embryos hatch into free-swimming planktotrophic larvae and later metamorphose into tiny brittle stars which sink down the bottom where they grow into adult form (Ref. 833).
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 114614)
CITES status (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
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