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Species Ophiactis macrolepidota Marktanner-Turneretscher, 1887

Compiler and date details

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




New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

Indian, Indo-Pacific, North Pacific, South Pacific

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Timor Transition (1), Lord Howe Province (14), Northern Shelf Province (25), Northwest Shelf Province (27), Central Western Shelf Transition (28), Central Eastern Shelf Province (38), Northwest Province (4), Northeast Shelf Province (40), Northeast Shelf Transition (41), Central Western Transition (5), Central Western Province (6), Southwest Transition (7), Southern Province (8)

Ecological Descriptors

Benthic, continental shelf, inshore, marine.


General References

Clark, A.M. 1965. Japanese and other ophiuroids from the collections of the Munich Museum. Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History) Zoology 13(2): 37-71, 6 figs 1 pl [42-43] (as Ophiactis macrolepidota)

Clark, A.M. 1982. Echinoderms of Hong Kong. pp. 485-501, 2 figs in Morton, B. & Tseng (eds). Marine Fauna and Flora of Hong Kong. Hong Kong : Hong Kong University Press. [487, 492] (as Ophiactis sp)

Clark, A.M. & Rowe, F.W.E. 1971. Monograph of Shallow-water Indo-west Pacific Echinoderms. London : Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History) 238 pp. 100 figs 31 pls. [82-83, 105, fig. 31d] (as Ophiactis parva)

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 [266] (as Ophiactis macrolepidota)

Clark, H.L. 1918. Brittle–stars, old and new. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard 62(6): 265-338 pls 1-8 [303] (as Ophiactis delicata)

Clark, H.L. 1921. The echinoderm fauna of Torres Strait. Papers from the Department of Marine Biology of the Carnegie Institution of Washington 10: 1-224, 38 pls [107-108] (as Ophiactis delicata)

Clark, H.L. 1946. The echinoderm fauna of Australia. Its composition and its origin. Carnegie Institution of Washington Publication 566: 1-567 [209] (as Ophiactis macrolepidota; also as Ophiactis delicata H.L. Clark, 1915, Ophiactis acosmeta H.L. Clark, 1938)

Irimura, S. 1969. Supplemental report of Dr. Murakami's paper on the ophiurans of Amakusa, Kyushu. Publications from the Amakusa Marine Biology Laboratory, Kyusku University 2(1): 37-48 [40] (as Ophiactis macrolepidota)

Irimura, S. 1981. Ophiurans of Tanabe Bay and its vicinity, with the description of a new species of Ophiocentrus. Publications of the Seto Marine Biological Laboratory 26(1/3): 15-49, pl. 1 [22] (as Ophiactis macrolepidota)

Liao, Y. & Clark, A.M. 1995. The echinoderms of southern China. Beijing : Science Press 614 pp., 23 pls. [212-213, fig. 106] (as Ophiactis acosmeta)

Matsumoto, H. 1917. A monograph of Japanese Ophiuroidea, arranged according to a new classification. Journal of the College of Science, Imperial University of Tokyo 38(2): 1-408, figs 1-100, pls 1-7 [155-156, fig. 37] (as Ophiactis macrolepidota)

Mortensen, T. 1940. Echinoderms from the Iranian Gulf. Asteroidea, Ophiuroidea and Echinoidea. Danish Scientific Investigations in Iran 2: 55-112 figs 1-24 pls 1-2 [70-71, fig. 5] (as Ophiactis parva)

Murakami, S. 1942. Ophiurans of Izu, Japan. Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Kyushu Imperial University 7(1): 1-36 [8] (as Ophiactis macrolepidota)

Murakami, S. 1943. Report on the ophiurans of Palao, Caroline Islands. Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Kyushu Imperial University 7(4): 159-204 figs 1-17 [167] (as Ophiactis macrolepidota)

Rowe, F.W.E. & Gates, J. 1995. Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Vol. 33 Echinodermata. Melbourne : CSIRO Australia 510 pp. [379] (as Ophiactis macrolepidota; examination of available material showed that Ophiactis delicata H.L. Clark, 1915 and Ophiactis acosmeta H.L. Clark, 1938 are conspecific; that no substantive differences exist between the Australian material and Ophiactis parva Mortensen, 1926 and that these show no critical differences from Ophiactis macrolepidota Marktanner-Turneretscher, 1887. Furthermore, it is possible that Ophiactis plana Lyman, 1869 and Ophiactis lymani Ljungman, 1871 may prove to be conspecific with Ophiactis macrolepidota, giving the species a tropicopolitan distribution similar to its congener, Ophiactis savignyi (Müller & Troschel, 1842)

Stöhr, S., Çinar, M.E. & Dagli, E. 2010. Brittle stars (Echinodermata: Ophiuroidea) from the southern coast of Turkey (eastern Mediterranean): new records and revision of Amphiodia obtecta Mortensen, 1940. Zootaxa 2483: 45-57 [53-54] (as Ophiactis macrolepidota)


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)
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