Ophiocoma dentata   Muller & Troschel,  1842 (Brittle Star)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Ophiuroidea

Image copyrights: Moorea Biocode

Size: Diameter of the disc (d.d.) = 4-20 mm.

Color: Black or dark brown in color; dorsal arm plates with a light border along the margin and sometimes a light central region.

Disc granules rounded, uniformly covering the dorsal side and ventral interbrachial areas upto the distal border of the oral shields. Dorsal arm plates broader than long, lateral margins rounded. Arm spines five, flat, second from above longer than the breadth of the segment.

Synonym (s)
Ophiocoma brevipes doederleini (H. L. Clark, 1921)
Ophiocoma brevipes dentata (H. L. Clark, 1921)
Ophiocoma insularia var. variegata James, 1969
Ophiocoma dentata Devaney, 1970
Ophiocoma brevipes var. variegata Smith, 1876
Ophiocoma insularia Lyman, 1861
Ophiocoma marmorata Marktanner-Turneretscher, 1887
Ophiocoma ternispina von Martens, 1870
Ophiocoma variegata E. A. Smith, 1876

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Benthic, Reef Associated, Coastal


• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA (Record: 05/04/1984, 06/04/1984)
• Lakshadweep, Andrott INDIA (Record: 20/12/1979)
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA (Record: 03/01/1980, 05/01/1980, 27/03/1984, 05/02/1986-06/02/1986)
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA (Record: 17/02/1986, 19/02/1986)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, North Reef Island INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Port Blair INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Chettalatt INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kilttan INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kadamatt INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Amini INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Sastry, DRK (1991) Echinodermata: Asteroidea, Ophiuroidea and Echinoidea State fauna series 2: Fauna of Lakshadweep ZSI, Calcutta 363-397 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • CalPhotos Available at - http://calphotos.berkeley.edu/
  • Rao, GC; Rao, DV and Devi, K (1994) A faunal exploration of the North Reef Island sanctuary, North Andaman Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 10(1&2) 68-81 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • James, DB. (1983) Sea cucumber and sea urchin resources and Beche-de-mer industry Mariculture potential of Andaman and Nicobar Islands-An indicative survey Bulletin of Central Marine Fisheries Institute CMFRI, Cochin 34 85-93 Available at - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/809/1/Bulletin_No_34.pdf
  • James, DB (1989) Echinoderms of Lakshadweep and their zoogeography Marine living resources of the union territory of Lakshadweep: An indicative survey with suggestions for development Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI 43 97-144 Available at - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/8213/1/Bulletin_No_43.pdf

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