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 Ophiuridae is cosmopolitan, particularly in the deep-sea, and contains approximately 44 extant genera and 344 species.

Ophiurids are distinguished from other families in the order Ophiurida by the following combination of character states: disc covered with thick scales or plates; no granulation; oral papillae few; an unpaired infradental papilla at apex of each jaw; arms inserted laterally and fused with disc; arms stout or moderately long, widest at base, arm spines short, adpressed.


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)