Ophiocomella sexradia   (Duncan,  1887) (Brittle Star)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Echinodermata
Class: Ophiuroidea
Order:Ophiurida
Family:Ophiocomidae

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Description
Size: Diameter of the disc (d.d.)= 4-6 mm.

Color: Disc dark green, arms dark green with light green banding, ventrally paler green overall (Sloan et al., 1979).

Arm length to 15 mm. Disc granules longer than stout, pointed on radial shields and marginally. Six arms. Aboral arm plates as long as broad or slightly broader than long, distal edge convex, proximally acute. Oral arm plates longer than broad, distal edge convex, lateral angles concave. Four small arm spines, as long as the breadth of the segment. Single tentacle scale.


Synonym (s)
Ophiocnida sexradia Duncan, 1887
Ophiocomella sexradia James, 1969
Amphilimna sexradia (Duncan, 1887)
Dougaloplus sexradia (Duncan, 1887)
Ophiocnida sexradia Duncan, 1887
Ophiocoma parva H.L. Clark, 1915
Ophiocomella clippertoni A.H. Clark, 1939
Ophiocomella schultzi A.H. Clark, 1941
Ophiomastix sexradiata A.H. Clark, 1952

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology
Habitat:  Benthic, Coastal

Biogeography


• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh (Lat: 22.6) (Long: 69.5) INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA (Record: 07/02/1986)
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA (Record: 1963-1970)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Port Blair INDIA
• INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Chettalatt INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Bitra INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kilttan INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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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
  • James, DB (1985) Echinoderm fauna of the proposed national park in the gulf of Mannar Proceedings of the Symposium on endangered marine animals and parks Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin 1 403-406 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • 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
  • Marine Biological Station, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (2003) Checklist of marine fauna of Tamil Nadu Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Available at - http://tnenvis.nic.in
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