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Species Amphioplus (Amphichilus) impressus (Ljungman, 1867)

Compiler and date details

2012 - Tim O'Hara, Museum Victoria, Carlton, Victoria, Australia

  • Type data:
     Syntype(s) NHRM Type-1405 2 specimens, 'deep water between Batavia and Singapore', Indo-Malay Archipelago.
  • Amphiura cesarea Koehler, R. 1905. Ophiures littorales. Siboga Expéditie Monographie 45(b): 1-142, pls 1-18 [44-45, pl. 5(1-2)].
    Type data:
    Syntype(s) ZMA E2273 1 specimen (Siboga stn 260), Kapulauan Kai (Kei Islands), 2.3 miles N. 63 degrees W from the north point of Nuhu Jaan, 90m [5°36.5'S, 132°55.23'E]; ZMA E2274 1 specimen (Siboga stn 51), western Flores, Teluk Molo, Madura Bay, 69-91m; ZMA E2275 2 specimens (Siboga stn 261), Elat, West coast of Great-Kei-island., 27m; ZMA E2276 1 specimen (Siboga stn 86), Anchorage off Dongala, Palos-bay, Celebes., 36m; ZMA E2277 1 specimen (Siboga stn 64), Kambaragi-bay, Tanah Djampeah., 32m; ZMA E2278 1 specimen (Siboga stn 321), Indonesia, 82m [6°5.5'S, 113°30'E]; ZMA E2279 1 specimen (Siboga stn 293), Anchorage south coast of Timor., 13m [9°29.7'S, 125°4.2'E]; ZMA E2280 2 specimens (Siboga stn 294), Indonesia, 73m [10°12.2'S, 124°27.3'E]; ZMA E2281 1 specimen (Siboga stn 47), Bay of Bima; near south fort. Bima-anchorage., 55m; ZMA E2282 1 specimen (Siboga stn 116), West of Kwandang-bay entrance., 72m [0°58.5'N, 122°42.5'E].


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Extra Distribution Information

Indian, Indo-Pacific, North Pacific

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Northeast Shelf Province (40), Northeast Shelf Transition (41)

Ecological Descriptors

Benthic, continental shelf, inshore, marine.


General References

Cherbonnier, G. & Guille, A. 1978. Faune de Madagascar. 48. Echinodermes: Ophiurides. Paris : Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique 272 pp, 77 figs, 17 pls. [60-62, fig. 23(A-D)] (as Amphioplus (Amphioplus) impressus)

Clark, A.M. & Rowe, F.W.E. 1971. Monograph of Shallow-water Indo-west Pacific Echinoderms. London : Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History) 238 pp. 100 figs 31 pls. [78-79, , fig. 53a-b] (as Amphioplus (Amphioplus) impressus)

Clark, H.L. 1915. Catalogue of recent ophiurans: based on the collection of the Museum of Comparative Zoology. Memoirs of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University 25(4): 165-376, pls 1-20 [258] (as Amphioplus impressus)

Gibbs, P.E., Clark, A.M. & Clark, C.M. 1976. Echinoderms from the northern region of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History) Zoology 30(4): 101-144 [116] (as Amphioplus (Amphioplus) impressus)

Koehler, R. 1922. Contributions to the biology of the Philippine Archipelago and adjacent regions. Ophiurans of the Philippine seas and adjacent waters. Bulletin of the United States National Museum 100(5): 1-486, pls 1-103 [174-176, pl. 64(3-4)] (as Amphioplus impressus; 2 specimens)

Koehler, R. 1930. Ophiures recueillies par le Docteur Th. Mortensen dans les Mers d'Australie et dans l'Archipel Malais. Videnskabelige Meddelelser fra Dansk Naturhistorisk Forening i Kjøbenhavn 89: 1-295 pls 1-22 [119-120] (as Amphichilus cesareus)

Liao, Y. & Clark, A.M. 1995. The echinoderms of southern China. Beijing : Science Press 614 pp., 23 pls. [185-186, fig. 84] (as Amphioplus (Amphichilus) impressus; transferred subgenus)

Lyman, T. 1882. Ophiuroidea. Report on the Scientific Results of the Voyage of H.M.S. Challenger 1873–1876, Zoology 5: 1-385 pls 1-48 [148] (as Amphiura impressa)

Rowe, F.W.E. & Gates, J. 1995. Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Vol. 33 Echinodermata. Melbourne : CSIRO Australia 510 pp. [343] (as Amphioplus (Amphioplus) impressa)

Sloan, N.A., Clark, A.M. & Taylor, J.D. 1979. The echinoderms of Aldabra and their habitats. Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History) Zool. 37(2): 81-128 figs 1-22 [101] (as Amphioplus (Amphioplus) impressus)


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
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