Ophiarthrum elegans   Peters,  1851 (Brittle Star)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Echinodermata
Class: Ophiuroidea
Order:Ophiurida
Family:Ophiocomidae

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Description
Size: Arm length to 18 cm, disc diameter to 22 mm.

Color: Disc uniformly deep slate grey, brown or mottled, arms cream with transverse red markings fringed with black, ventral arms surface and borders of gental slits cream with dorsal red markings sometimes extending to tentacle pore. Disc with red center, pale periphery.

Disc naked, skin-covered, no granules or spines; arm spines patterned.


Synonym (s)
Ophiarthrum elegans unicolor H. L. Clark, 1932

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology
Habitat:  Benthic, Demersal, Coastal

Biogeography


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Port Blair INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Tikadar, BK; Daniel, A and Subbarao, NV (1986) Sea shore animals of Andaman and Nicobar Islands The Director, ZSI, Kolkatta 188 Available at - ZSI, Pune
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  • Sastry, DRK (2002) Echinodermata associated with coral reefs of Andaman and Nicobar Islands Zoological Survey of India ZSI 100(3-4) 21-60 Available at - ZSI, Pune
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Botany University of Hawai'i at Manoa Available at - http://www.botany.hawaii.edu/
  • James, PSBR ; Thomas, PA ; Pillai, CSG and Achari Kumaraswamy, GP (1969) ´╗┐Catalogue of types and of sponges, corals, polychaetes, crabs and echinoderms in the reference collections of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 7 1-66 Available at - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/567/1/Bulletin_7.pdf
  • 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
  • Sastry, DRK (2007) Echinodermata of India : An annotated list Records of Zoological Survey of India Occassional paper No. 271 ZSI, Kolkata 1-387 Available at - http://zsi.gov.in/checklist/Echinodermata_India_Checklist.pdf
  • Sealifebase Available at - http://www.sealifebase.org/

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