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Ophioderma longicaudum

Smooth brittlestar

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Ophioderma longicaudum

Ile de Groix, France, 9 meters, ML

Ophioderma longicaudum

Concarneau Bay, France, 3 meters, 2008, WBN

Description

Ophioderma longicaudum is a brittle star of up to 15 cm in diameter with a central disc of 2,5 cm in diameter. The disc surface is smooth, covered on its two sides by tiny spherical grains visible under magnifying glass. The long smooth arms are cylindrical and tip-tapered. The colour is red to dark brown, the arms may have clearer bands. It lives on rocky bottoms and can move quickly thanks to the undulatory movements of its arms.

Distribution

Ophioderma longicaudum is found from surface to 70 m deep in the Mediterranean Sea and in the Atlantic up to the Western Brittany coasts where it is rather rare.

Classification

Source : World Register of Marine Species
Dernière mise à jour 23-05-2024

Authors

Text : Anne Bay-Nouailhat © 2007 - 2024.

Photos : © Maurice loir, Wilfried Bay-Nouailhat. Published with his kind permission.
Websites and reference works : Consult bibliography

Image satellite: © Esri, DigitalGlobe, GeoEye, Earthstar Geographics, CNES/Airbus DS, USDA, USGS, AeroGRID, IGN, and the GIS User Community.

Données de distribution : Ophioderma longicaudum in GBIF Secretariat (2019). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset https://doi.org/10.15468/39omei accessed via GBIF.org on 2024-05-23.

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Classification

Source : World Register of Marine Species


Dernière mise à jour 23-05-2024

Guide des Tuniciers

Authors

Text : Anne Bay-Nouailhat © 2007 - 2024.

Photos : © Maurice loir, Wilfried Bay-Nouailhat. Published with his kind permission.
Websites and reference works : Consult bibliography

How to cite this page

Bay-Nouailhat A., December 2007, Description of Ophioderma longicaudum, [On line] https://www.european-marine-life.org/30/ophioderma-longicaudum.php, consulted on 2024 May 23.

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Photographie de Anne Bay-Nouailhat

Anne Bay-Nouailhat

Project manager in marine environment
Professional diver - Naturalist

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