Ophiuroidea | Ophiurida | Ophiodermatidae
Common names | Synonyms | CoL | ITIS | WoRMS
Schoppe, S. 2000. (Ref. 800)
Size / Weight / Age
Max length : 5.5 cm WD male/unsexed; (Ref. 87041)
Reef-associated; depth range 1 - 20 m (Ref. 102355)
Climate / Range
Indo-West Pacific: East Africa to New Guinea and the Philippines.
Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions
Size refers to disc diameter (Ref. 87041). Occurs on shallow reef flats under coral rubble, in seagrass beds and among algae. Feeds on small invertebrates (Ref. 800). 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)
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Estimation of some characteristics with mathematical models
Low vulnerability (10 of 100)