Australian Biological Resources Study

Australian Faunal Directory


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Species Macrophiothrix capillaris (Lyman, 1879)

Compiler and date details

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


Generic Combinations

  • Macrophiothrix capillaris (Lyman, 1879).
  • Macrophiothrix capillaris (Lyman, 1879).




Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

Indo-Pacific, South Pacific

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Timor Province (2)

Ecological Descriptors

Benthic, continental shelf, continental slope, marine.


General References

Clark, A.M. 1967. Notes on the family Ophiotrichidae (Ophiuroidea). Annals and Magazine of Natural History 13 9(106–8): 637-656 fig. 1 pls 10-11 [649] (as Macrophiothrix capillaris)

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 [270] (as Ophiothrix capillaris)

Guille, A. 1981. Echinodermes: Ophiurides. Mémoires de ORSTOM 91: 413-456, 4 figs, 9 pls [441] (as Macrophiothrix capillaris)

Koehler, R. 1904. Ophiures de mer profonde. Siboga-Expéditie Report 45(a): 1-176 pls 1-36 [151-152] (as Ophiothrix capillaris)

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 [214-217, pl. 37(2-4), 97(5)] (as Ophiothrix capillaris)

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 [135-136] (as Ophiothrix capillaris; SE Australian specimen = O. aristulata - see O'Hara 1999)

Liao, Y. & Clark, A.M. 1995. The echinoderms of southern China. Beijing : Science Press 614 pp., 23 pls. [221, fig. 111] (as Macrophiothrix capillaris)

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 [222-223, pl. 21(5-8)] (as Ophiothrix capillaris)

Rowe, F.W.E. & Gates, J. 1995. Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Vol. 33 Echinodermata. Melbourne : CSIRO Australia 510 pp. [412] (as Macrophiothrix capillaris; A.K. Hoggett (pers. comm.) favours exclusion of capillaris from Macrophiothrix and would, with reservation, prefer to refer the species back to the genus Ophiothrix; records of its occurrence in Australian waters require confirmation)


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
15-Sep-2023 01-Apr-2012 MOVED
17-Feb-2012 MODIFIED