Ophiura albida Forbes, 1839

Ophiura albida

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: NBN 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). Ophiura albida Forbes, 1839. [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland. Accessed on 2024-06-21

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