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Ophiura ophiura   (Linnaeus, 1758)

serpent brittle star

Native range | All suitable habitat | Point map | Year 2100
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Ophiura ophiura   AquaMaps   Data sources: GBIF OBIS
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Classification Common names | Synonyms | CoL | ITIS | WoRMS

Ophiuroidea | Ophiurida | Ophiuridae

Main reference References | Biblio | Coordinator | Collaborators

Harms, J. 1993. (Ref. 2711)

Size / Weight / Age

Environment

Benthic; depth range 0 - 685 m (Ref. 85345)

Climate / Range

Temperate

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea: Belgium, Germany and Celtic Sea. Temperate and subtropical.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Epibenthic (Ref. 87524). Found in small numbers along the near-coastal zone in the North Sea off Belgium, in fine- to medium-grained sediment with mud content of 30-40% (Refs. 7882, 96391). Possess very agile and strong arms (Ref. 7882). Ubiquitous, free-living species (Ref. 96391). 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)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

Human uses


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Estimation of some characteristics with mathematical models

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