Macrophiothrix propinqua   (Lyman,  1861) (Brittle Star)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Ophiuroidea

Image copyrights: Tim O Hara, Museum Victoria

Size: Diameter of the disc (d.d.) = 5-7 mm.

Color: Variable, from evenly dark bluish to banded orange and cream. Arms variegated or uniformly blue with darker bands of 3-4 segments.

Dorsal disc scales distinct, tubercles on the disc scattered. Radial shields almost naked. Dorsal arm plates broader than long; distal margin convex with the laterodistal regions bent back; broadest region at about half the length of the plate. Arms variegated or uniformly blue with darker bands of 3-4 segments.

Synonym (s)
Ophiothrix propinqua Lyman, 1861
Macrophiothrix propinqua Clark, 1980
Macrophiothrix bedoti (de Loriol, 1893)
Macrophiothrix schmidti (Djakonov, 1930)
Ophiothrichoides propinqua (Lyman, 1861)
Ophiothrix (Keystonea) propinqua Lyman, 1861
Ophiothrix (Placophiothrix) westwardi Devaney, 1974
Ophiothrix schmidti Djakonov, 1930
Ophiothrix triloba von Martens, 1870
Ophiotrichoides propinqua (Lyman, 1861)
Ophiothrix bedoti de Loriol, 1893

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Benthic, Reef Associated, Rocky


• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA (Record: 04/04/1984)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Island INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • 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 -
  • Sastry, DRK (1991) Echinodermata: Asteroidea, Ophiuroidea and Echinoidea State fauna series 2: Fauna of Lakshadweep ZSI, Calcutta 363-397 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • 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 -
  • Sealifebase Available at -
  • The barcode of life data systems Biodiversity Institute of Ontario Available at -

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