ECHINODERMATA : OPHIURIDA : AmphiuridaeSTARFISH, SEA URCHINS, ETC.

Amphipholis squamata (Chiaje, 1829)


Amphipholis squamata

Description: This is known to be a species complex, with at least four species in the Mediterranean Sea. A small inconspicuous brittle star found commonly amongst sessile invertebrates, beneath boulders, etc. The disc is circular and the arms relatively short and thin. The disc is covered with scales and the radial plates are half-moon shaped and conspicuous. There are four short conical arm spines and two tentacle scales. Disc 3-5mm., arms 4x disc diameter.

Habitat: Found commonly amongst algae, bryozoans etc. intertidally and in shallow water and under shells, stones and boulders.

Distribution: Found all round the British Isles. Previously thought to have a worldwide distribution but molecular methods have shown that it is a complex of many species.

Key Identification Features:

Distribution Map from NBN: Interactive map : National Biodiversity Network mapping facility, data for UK.

WoRMS: Species record : World Register of Marine Species.

iNaturalist: Species account : iNaturalist World Species Observations database



 Picton, B.E. & Morrow, C.C. (2016). Amphipholis squamata (Chiaje, 1829). [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland.
http://www.habitas.org.uk/marinelife/species.asp?item=ZB3000 Accessed on 2020-12-02

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