Australian Biological Resources Study

Australian Faunal Directory


Regional Maps


Compiler and date details

July 2012 - Tim O’Hara, Museum Victoria

F.W.E. Rowe & J. Gates, Australian Museum, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (1995) Updated (2001) by Tim O'Hara, Museum Victoria, Carlton, Victoria, Australia


The circum-tropical family Ophidiasteridae comprises 30 known genera, including 17 in Australian waters. Forty-nine species are recorded in the Australian fauna.

Ophidiasterids are distinguished within the order Valvatida by the following combination of character states: disc small; arms five (rarely more), long and slender, generally more or less cylindrical; body normally covered by granulose membrane; marginals usually small; aboral skeleton tessellate, plates often arranged in longitudinal series; small superambulacral plates generally present; pedicellariae foraminate or excavate, or lacking.


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 04-Dec-2012 MODIFIED
12-Feb-2010 (import)