Ophiactis savignyi   (Muller & Trosschel,  1842) (Brittle Star)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Echinodermata
Class: Ophiuroidea
Order:Ophiurida
Family:Ophiactidae

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Description
Diameter of the disc (d.d.) = very small to 3 mm.

Dorsal disc scales distinct, often larger in the vicinity of the radial shields. Scattered spinelets on the dorsal disc. Radial shields large, contiguous at the distal end. Arms often six, unequal. Dorsal arm plates elliptical with rounded lateral margins and convex distal margin with a median lobe made prominent by a dark spot on either side. Arm spines six, rugose and spinulated. Oral shields large, adoral shields smaller, not meeting proximally; oral plates with two lateral papillae located distally on the jaw.


Synonym (s)
Ophiolepis savignyi Mueller and Troschel, 1842
Ophiactis savignyi James, 1969
Ophiactis brocki de Loriol, 1893
Ophiactis conferta Koehler, 1905
Ophiactis incisa v. Martens, 1870
Ophiactis krebsii Lutken, 1856
Ophiactis maculosa von Martens, 1870
Ophiactis quadrispina H.L. Clark, 1915
Ophiactis quadrispina H.L. Clark, 1915
Ophiactis reinhardti Lutken, 1859
Ophiactis reinhardtii Lutken, 1859
Ophiactis sexradia (Grube, 1857)
Ophiactis sixradia Lutken, 1853
Ophiactis versicolor H.L. Clark, 1939
Ophiactis virescens Lutken, 1856
Ophiolepis savignyi Muller & Troschel, 1842
Ophiolepis sexradia Grube, 1857

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology
Habitat:  Reef Associated, Coastal

Biogeography


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh (Lat: 22.6) (Long: 69.5) INDIA
• Goa, Mandovi Estuary (Lat: 15.28) (Long: 73.52) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA (Record: 1963-1970)
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA (Record: 14/02/1986, 17/02/1986)
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Orissa, Chilika Lake INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai Coast INDIA
• Goa INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Mandapam INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Port Blair INDIA
• INDIA

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