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Ophiopsammus maculata


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lexID:
8858 
Scientific:
Ophiopsammus maculata 
German:
Schlangenstern 
English:
Brittle star 
Category:
 
Family tree:
Animalia (Kingdom) > Echinodermata (Phylum) > Ophiuroidea (Class) > Ophiacanthida (Order) > Ophiodermatidae (Family) > Ophiopsammus (Genus) > maculata (Species) 
Initial determination:
(Verrill, ), 1869 
Occurrence:
Новая Зеландия 
Size:
bis zu 25cm 
Temperature:
°C - 20°C 
Food:
Predatory, Carrion 
Difficulty:
There are no reports available yet that this animal has already been kept in captivity successfully 
Related species at
Catalog of Life
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Publisher:
Meerwasser-Lexikon.de
Created:
Last edit:
2015-10-18 13:22:37 

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Ophiopsammus maculata (Verrill, 1869)

This New Zealand brittle star is deep orange to brick red in colour. It has five arms, which break easily,but regenerate well.This species is a very large Brittle star, the disc is about 5-8 cm across, the arms are 18 cm in lenght.

Ophiopsammus maculata can be found offshore on soft, sandy to muddy bottom.

Ophiopsammus maculata is a predator and but is also a scavanger.

This Brittle star is endemic in New Zealand.

Results of a comparative study suggest that large individuals of Ophiopsammus maculata may exceed 30 years of age.

Synonym:
Pectinura maculata

Biota > Animalia (Kingdom) > Echinodermata (Phylum) > Asterozoa (Subphylum) > Ophiuroidea (Class) > Ophiurida (Order) > Ophiurina (Suborder) > Ophiodermatina (Infraorder) > Ophiodermatidae (Family) > Ophiopsammus (Genus) > Ophiopsammus maculata (Species)

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