Ophiocoma brevipes   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: Diameter of the disc (d.d.) = 5-11 mm.

Color: The disc is of pale color with green reticulation on the dorsal side, and pale yellow or white on the ventral side. Dorsal arm plates and spines are green.

Disc granulation rounded, uniform in size, covering the dorsal side completely and ventral interbrachial areas upto the distal border of the oral shields. Arms stout; dorsal arm plates ovate with rounded lateral margins and broader than long. Arm spines upto five, blunt, flattened, second from above shorter than the breath of the arm plate of the segment.


Synonym (s)
Ophiocoma brevipes Peters, 1851
Ophiocoma brevipes Bell, 1903
Ophiocoma brevipes James, 1969
Ophiocoma brevispinosa Smith, 1876

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology
Habitat:  Benthic, Reef Associated, Coastal

Biogeography


• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA (Record: 04/04/1984)
• Lakshadweep, Andrott INDIA (Record: 20/12/1979)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Port Blair INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Rangat Bay INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Chettalatt INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kadamatt INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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  • Sastry, DRK (2001) Echinodermata (other than Holothuroidea) from the Ritchie's Archipelago, Andaman Islands Records of the Zoological Survey of India 99(1-4) 157-170 Available at - ZSI, Pune
  • 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
  • Sastry, DRK (1991) Echinodermata: Asteroidea, Ophiuroidea and Echinoidea State fauna series 2: Fauna of Lakshadweep ZSI, Calcutta 363-397 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Stender, GK and Stender, YO Marinelifephotography.com Available at - http://www.marinelifephotography.com/
  • 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
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