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Species Ophiernus adspersus Lyman, 1883

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

  • Type data:
     Holotype MCZ 385 1 specimen (Blake stn 150), Nevis, West Of, 683m [17°11.364'N, 62°46.002'W].
    Paratype(s) MCZ 386 4 specimens (Blake stn 129), Off Frederickstadt Santa Cruz, 584m [17°42.58'N, 64°54.33'W]; MCZ 839 6 specimens (Blake stn 130), Off Frederickstadt, Santa Cruz, 838m [17°43'N, 64°55.17'W];
    Status unknown, USNM 6492 1 specimen (Blake stn 150), Nevis, West Of, 683m [17°11.364'N, 62°46.002'W]; MCZ 4123 1 specimen (Blake stn 150), Nevis, West Of, 683m [17°11.364'N, 62°46.002'W]; MCZ 389 1 specimen (Blake stn 148), St. Kitts , Basseterre, SW Of, 386m [17°17.2'N, 62°46.72'W]; MCZ 384 1 specimen (Blake stn 161), Off Guadeloupe, 1084m [16°2.25'N, 61°49.25'W]; MCZ (Blake stn 176), Off Dominica, 727m [15°32.3'N, 61°30.92'W]; MCZ 380 3 specimens (Blake stn 185), Off West Central Coast, 609m [15°24.918'N, 61°27.168'W]; MCZ 835 18 specimens (Blake stn 188), Off Dominica, 691m [15°16.25'N, 61°24.67'W]; MCZ (Blake stn 190), Off Dominica, 1008m [15°18.2'N, 61°26.53'W]; MCZ 383 1 specimen (Blake stn 196), Off Martinique, 1915m [14°38.83'N, 61°14.33'W]; MCZ 388 1 specimen (Blake stn 222), Marigot Harbour, 772m [13°58.614'N, 61°4.752'W]; MCZ 838 5 specimens (Blake stn 222), Marigot Harbour, 772m [13°58.614'N, 61°4.752'W]; MCZ 840 3 specimens (Blake stn 226), Off St Vincent, 788m [14°9.83'N, 61°16.33'W]; MCZ 381 1 specimen (Blake stn 230), Off St Vincent, 863m [13°13.33'N, 61°18.75'W]; MCZ 382 2 specimens (Blake stn 239), The Grenadines, 628m [12°46.33'N, 61°25'W]; MCZ 391 3 specimens (Blake stn 258), Off Grenada, 295m [12°3.25'N, 61°46.42'W]; MCZ 836 10 specimens (Blake stn 260), off Grenada, 541m [12°3.5'N, 61°47.17'W]; MCZ (Blake stn 264), Off Grenada, 774m [12°3.25'N, 61°48.5'W]; MCZ 392 1 specimen (Blake stn 288), Off Barbados, 1326m [13°11.42'N, 59°45.58'W]; MCZ 837 3 specimens (Blake stn 291), Off Mid-West Coast, 390m [13°12'N, 59°41'W]; MCZ 387 2 specimens (Blake stn XI), west of Pedra Bank, 1032m [17°30'N, 79°14'W]; MCZ 390 1 specimen (Blake stn VIII), south of Jamaica, 598m [17°45'N, 77°58.67'W].
  • Ophiopyren delatum Koehler, R. 1904. Ophiures de mer profonde. Siboga-Expéditie Report 45(a): 1-176 pls 1-36 [10-11, pl. 3(6-7)].
    Type data:
     Holotype ZMA E2463 1 specimen (Siboga stn 316), Bali Sea, north of Lombok, 538m [7°19.4'S, 116°49.5'E].




Queensland, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

East Pacific, Indian, Indo-Pacific, North Atlantic, North Pacific, West Atlantic

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Lord Howe Province (14), Northeast Province (18), Timor Province (2), Norfolk Island Province (21), Northwest Transition (3), Northwest Province (4)

Ecological Descriptors

Abyssal plain, benthic, continental slope, marine.


General References

Clark, H.L. 1911. North Pacific ophiurans in the collection of the United States National Museum. Bulletin of the United States National Museum 75: 1-302, figs 1-144 [95-96, fig. 34] (as Ophiernus adspersus)

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 [346] (as Ophiopyren delatus)

Clark, H.L. 1939. Ophiuroidea. Scientific Reports of the John Murray Expedition 6(2): 29-136, figs 1-62 [133] (as Ophiernus adspersum)

Clark, H.L. 1941. Reports on the scientific results of the Atlantis Expeditions to the West Indies. Echinoderms (other than holothurians). Memorias de la Sociedad Cubana de Historia Natural "Felipe Poey" 15: 1-54 [107] (as Ophiernus adspersum)

Hertz, M. 1927. Die Ophiuroiden der deutschen Tiefsee-Expedition. 1. Chilophiurida Mats. (Ophiolepididae: Ophioleucidae: Ophiodermatidae: Ophiocomidae). Wissenschaftliche Ergebnisse der Deutschen Tiefsee-Expedition auf dem Dampfer "Valdivia" 1898–1899 22(3): 59–122 pls 6–9 [112-113, fig. 7, pl. 9(10)] (as Ophiernus adspersus)

Imaoka, T., Irimura, S., Okutani, T., Oguro, C., S 1990. Echinoderms from continental shelf and slope around Japan Vol. 1. Tokyo : Japan Fisheries Resource Conservation Association 159 pp. [88, fig. 46] (as Ophiernus adspersus adspersus)

Koehler, R. 1897. Échinodermes recueillis par l'Investigator dans l'Océan Indien. I. Les ophiures de mer profonde. Annales des Sciences Naturelles, Zoologie 8(4): 277-372, pls 5-9 [316-317] (as Ophiernus adspersus)

Koehler, R. 1899. An account of the deep-sea Ophiuroidea collected by the Royal Indian Marine Survey ship Investigator. Calcutta : Indian Museum 76 pp., 14 pls. [32-33] (as Ophiernus adspersus)

Koehler, R. 1904. Ophiures de mer profonde. Siboga-Expéditie Report 45(a): 1-176 pls 1-36 [20] (as Ophiernus adspersus)

Koehler, R. 1907. Ophiures. Expéditions Scientifiques du 'Travailleur' et du 'Talisman' pendent les années 1880, 1881, 1882, 1883 7: 245-311 [251] (as Ophiernus adspersus)

Koehler, R. 1914. A contribution to the study of ophiurans of the United States National Museum. Bulletin of the United States National Museum 84: 1-173, pls 1-18 [151] (as Ophiernus adspersus)

Koehler, R. 1922. Contributions to the biology of the Philippine Archipelago and adjacent regions. Ophiurans of the Philippine seas and adjacent waters. Bulletin of the United States National Museum 100(5): 1-486, pls 1-103 [440-442] (as Ophiernus adspersus)

Koehler, R. 1930. Ophiures recueillies par le Docteur Th. Mortensen dans les Mers d'Australie et dans l'Archipel Malais. Videnskabelige Meddelelser fra Dansk Naturhistorisk Forening i Kjøbenhavn 89: 1-295 pls 1-22 [280] (as Ophiernus adspersus)

Litvinova, N.M. 1975. Ophiuroids of the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico collected during the 14th cruise of the R.V. 'Akademik Kurchatov'. Trudy Instituta Okeanologii Akademija nauk CCCP 100: 196-204 [201] (as Ophiernus adspersus)

Madsen, F.J. 1977. The Ophioleucidae. Galathea Report 14: 109-122 figs 1-7 8 pls [114-116, fig. 3] (as Ophiernus adspersus adspersus)

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 [307] (as Ophiernus adspersus)

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 [99, fig. 40] (as Ophiernus adspersus adspersus)


History of changes

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