Australian Biological Resources Study

Australian Faunal Directory


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Compiler and date details

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

2001 - Tim O'Hara, Museum Victoria, Carlton, Victoria, Australia

1995 - F.W.E. Rowe & J. Gates, Australian Museum, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


The family Ophiactidae is cosmopolitan. It comprises five genera and 69 species.

Ophiactids are distinguished from other ophiurid families by the following combination of character states: arms slender, disc with granules or spinules; teeth broad, square-tipped, only a single papilla (or reduced tooth) if any, at the superficial end of the column of teeth, one or two (rarely three) distal oral papillae, usually well spaced from the apex of the jaw.


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 22-Jul-2013 MODIFIED
12-Feb-2010 (import)