Australian Biological Resources Study

Australian Faunal Directory


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Species Ophiactis abyssicola (M. Sars, 1861)

Compiler and date details

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


Generic Combinations

  • Ophiactis abyssicola (M. Sars, 1861).


Miscellaneous Literature Names




New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria

Extra Distribution Information

Arctic, East Atlantic, Indo-Pacific, North Atlantic, South Africa, South Pacific

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Tasmania Province (10), Southeast Transition (11), Central Eastern Province (12), Lord Howe Province (14), Norfolk Island Province (21), Macquarie Island Province (24), Tasmanian Shelf Province (36), Southeast Shelf Transition (37), West Tasmania Transition (9)

Other Regions

Australian Antarctic Territory

Ecological Descriptors

Abyssal plain, benthic, continental shelf, continental slope, marine.


General References

Baker, A.N. 1979. Some Ophiuroidea from the Tasman Sea and adjacent waters. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 6: 21-51, figs 1-8 [40] (as Ophiactis abyssicola var. cuspidata)

Cherbonnier, G. 1969. Echinodermes récoltés par la Thalassa au large des côtes ouest de Bretagne et du Golfe de Gascogne (3-12 Aout 1967). Bulletin du Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris [published 1907-1971] 2e serie 41(1): 343-361 [344] (as Ophiactis abyssicola)

Cherbonnier, G. & Sibuet, M. 1972. Resultats scientifique del al compagne Noratlante: Asterides et Ophiurides. Bulletin du Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris [published 1907-1971] 3rd series. Zoologie 102: 365-426 [402] (as Ophiactis abyssicola)

Clark, A.M. & Courtman-Stock, J. 1976. The Echinoderms of Southern Africa. British Museum of Natural History Publication 766: 277 pp, 276 figs [161] (as Ophiactis abyssicola)

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 [259] (as Ophiactis abyssicola)

Clark, H.L. 1923. The echinoderm fauna of South Africa. Annals of the South African Museum 13(7): 221-435 figs 1-4 pls 8-23 [334-335] (as Ophiactis abyssicola)

Clark, H.L. 1946. The echinoderm fauna of Australia. Its composition and its origin. Carnegie Institution of Washington Publication 566: 1-567 [208] (as Ophiactis symbiota)

D'yakonov, A.M. 1954. Ophiuroids of the USSR Seas. Moskva-Leningrad, USSR : Akademiya Nauk Soyuza Sovetskikh Sotsialisticheskikh Respublik Vol. 55 136 pp, 47 figs. [43] (as Ophiactis abyssicola)

Dartnall, A.J. 1980. Tasmanian Echinoderms. Fauna of Tasmania Handbook No. 3. Hobart : Fauna of Tasmania Committee 82 pp. 36 figs 5 pls. [40, 70] (as Ophiactis symbiota)

Fell, H.B. 1951. Some off-shore and deep-sea ophiuroids from New Zealand waters. Zoological Publications of the Victoria University, Wellington 13: 1-4 [3] (as Ophiactis cuspidata)

Fell, H.B. 1958. Deep-sea echinoderms of New Zealand. Zoological Publications of the Victoria University, Wellington 24: 1-40, pls 1-5 [25] (as Ophiactis abyssicola)

Koehler, R. 1898. Echinides et Ophiures provenant des campagnes du yacht L'Hirondelle. Résultats des Campagnes Scientifiques accomplies par le Prince Albert I. Monaco 12: 1-78 [46-48, pl. 5(17), 6(18)] (as Ophiactis abyssicola)

Koehler, R. 1907. Ophiures. Expéditions Scientifiques du 'Travailleur' et du 'Talisman' pendent les années 1880, 1881, 1882, 1883 7: 245-311 [272-273] (as Ophiactis corallicola)

Koehler, R. 1909. Echinodermes provenant des campagnes du yacht 'Princesse Alice'. Rés. Sci. campagnes du Prince de Monaco 34 [170, pl. 1(11), 7(4-5)] (as Ophiactis corallicola)

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 [119, pl. 20(13-15)] (as Ophiactis poa)

Martynov, A.V. & Litvinova, N.M. 2008. Deep-water Ophiuroidea of the northern Atlantic with descriptions of three new species and taxonomic remarks on certain genera and species. Marine Biology Research 4: 76-111 [102-104, fig. 17c-e] (as Ophiactis abyssicola)

McKnight, D.G. 1967. Additions to the echinoderm fauna of the Chatham Rise. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research 1(3): 291-313 [309] (as Ophiactis abyssicola var. cuspidata)

McKnight, D.G. 1989. Further records of Tasman and Coral Sea echinoderms. DMFS Reports 3: 3-18 [11] (as Ophiactis abyssicola var. cuspidata)

McKnight, D.G. 1993. Records of echinoderms (excluding holothurians) from the Chatham Islands. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 20: 191-200 [199] (as Ophiactis abyssicola var. cuspidata)

Mortensen, T. 1933. Echinoderms of South Africa (Asteroidea: Ophiuroidea). Videnskabelige Meddelelser fra Dansk Naturhistorisk Forening i Kjøbenhavn 93: 215-400, figs 1-91, pls 8-19 [347] (as Ophiactis abyssicola)

Mortensen, T. 1933. Ophiuroidea. Danish Ingolf-Expedition 4(8): 121pp. [47-51, fig. 28, 30] (as Ophiactis abyssicola)

Mortensen, T. 1933. The echinoderms of St. Helena (other than crinoids). Videnskabelige Meddelelser fra Dansk Naturhistorisk Forening i Kjøbenhavn 93: 401-472 [441-442] (as Ophiactis abyssicola)

Paterson, G.L.J. 1985. The deep-sea Ophiuroidea of the North Atlantic Ocean. Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History) Zool. 49(1): 1-162, figs 1-59 [76-78, fig. 32] (as Ophiactis abyssicola)

Rodrigues, C.F., Paterson, G.L.J., Cabrinovic, A., 2011. Deep-sea ophiuroids (Echinodermata: Ophiuroidea: Ophiurida) from the Gulf of Cadiz (NE Atlantic). Zootaxa 2754: 1-26 [11, fig. 6] (as Ophiactis abyssicola)

Studer, T. 1882. Übersicht über die Ophiuriden, welche während der Reise S.M.S. Gazelle um die Erde 1874–1876 gesammelt wurden. Abhandlungen der Preussischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin 1: 1-37, pls 1-3 [17] (as Ophiactis cuspidata)


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 26-Nov-2013 MODIFIED
29-Mar-2010 MODIFIED