|ECHINODERMATA : OPHIURIDA : Ophiuridae||STARFISH, SEA URCHINS, ETC.|
Description: A small brittle star with short, tapered, straight arms. The body and arms are red-brown in colour and there are two white marks at the base of each arm. There are arm combs of 8-12 short papillae and 3 arm spines. Disc to 15mm., arms 4x disc diameter.
Habitat: Lives on the surface of muddy sand and muddy gravel or on silty surfaces of rocks or boulders.
Distribution: Common all round the British Isles.
Similar Species: Ophiura robusta is similar in colouring and may occur with Ophiura albida on NE coasts of Scotland. Ophiura robusta has feebly developed arm combs.
Key Identification Features:
Distribution Map from BioMar data for Ireland - Google Earth map: download this placemark (not got Google Earth installed?)
Distribution Map from NBN: JNCC MNCR Seasearch data - Grid map : Interactive map : National Biodiversity Network mapping facility, data for UK.
|Picton, B.E. & Morrow, C.C., 2010. [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland |
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