Ophiuroidea | Ophiurida
Schoppe, S. 2000. (Ref. 800)
Size / Weight / Age
Max length : 2.4 cm WD male/unsexed; (Ref. 87041)
Reef-associated; depth range 4 - 11 m (Ref. 81187)
Climate / Range
Indo-West Pacific: from Maldives to China.
Depth information reported for China (Ref. 81187). Size refers to disk diameter (Ref. 87041). Found beneath coral slabs and in holes and crevices. Possesses enlarged, modified, venomous spines (Ref. 800). Subtidal. Association with Ophiomastix scolopendrina may serve as its strategy in obtaining food from the host's arms (Ref. 102356). 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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Estimation of some characteristics with mathematical models
Low vulnerability (10 of 100)