Ophiarachnella gorgonia   (Mueller and Troschel,  1842) (Brittle Star)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Ophiuroidea

Size: Arm length to 7.5 cm, disc diameter to 1.5 cm.

Colour: Disc off-white but dominated by almost black markings, one major along each pair of radial shields and 1-3 minor marks inter-radially, arms off-white with dark brown bands 1-3 segments wide both above and below, ventral surface of arms not dark.

Disc scales concealed by granules with only the naked radial shields (large and oval) exposed.

Synonym (s)
Ophiarachna gorgonia Muller & Troschel, 1842
Pectinura gorgonia (Muller & Troschel, 1842)
Pectinura marmorata Lyman, 1874
Pectinura megaloplax Bell, 1884
Pectinura stearnsii Ives, 1891
Pectinura venusta de Loriol, 1893

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Coastal


• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA (Record: 1963-1970)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Port Blair INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • 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
  • 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
  • James, DB (1985) Echinoderm fauna of the proposed National Marine Park in the Gulf of Mannar Proceedings of the symposium on endangered marine animals and marine parks Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin, India 1 403-406 Available at - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/2360/1/Article_64.pdf
  • 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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