Ophiuroidea | Ophiurida
Harms, J. 1993. (Ref. 2711)
Size / Weight / Age
Benthic; brackish; depth range 0 - 1244 m (Ref. 85345)
Climate / Range
Northeast Atlantic and the Mediterranean: Europe. Temperate and subtropical.
Found in muddy bottoms in the sub-littoral to bathyal zones (Ref. 96352). A passive suspension feeder (Ref. 96376). A microvore-carnivore-scavenger that feeds on organic detritus and animal matter (Ref. 96352). 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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