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Species Ophiocentrus dilatata (Koehler, 1905)

Compiler and date details

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

  • Ophiocnida dilatata Koehler, R. 1905. Ophiures littorales. Siboga Expéditie Monographie 45(b): 1-142, pls 1-18 [30-31, pl. 12(2-4)].
    Type data:
    Syntype(s) ZMA E2383 3 specimens, Pulu Jedan, east coast of Aru Ils, Indonesia; ZMA E2380 10 specimens, Pulu Sanguisiapo, Indonesia; ZMA E2381 1 specimen, Siboga stn 99, Indonesia; ZMA E2382 1 specimen, Damar, Indonesia.


Generic Combinations

  • Ophiocentrus dilatata (Koehler, 1905).


Miscellaneous Literature Names

  • Ophiocentrotus dilatatus (Koehler, 1905) [misspelling of generic name].
  • Ophiocentrus dilatatus (Koehler, 1905).




New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

Indian, Indo-Pacific, South Africa, South Pacific

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Timor Province (2), Northern Shelf Province (25), Northwest Shelf Transition (26), Northwest Shelf Province (27), Southwest Shelf Transition (30), Central Eastern Shelf Province (38), Northwest Province (4), Northeast Shelf Province (40), Northeast Shelf Transition (41), Central Western Transition (5)

Ecological Descriptors

Benthic, continental shelf, inshore, marine.


General References

Cherbonnier, G. & Guille, A. 1978. Faune de Madagascar. 48. Echinodermes: Ophiurides. Paris : Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique 272 pp, 77 figs, 17 pls. [111-113, fig. 51(A-F)] (as Ophiocentrotus dilatatus)

Clark, A.M. & Courtman-Stock, J. 1976. The Echinoderms of Southern Africa. British Museum of Natural History Publication 766: 277 pp, 276 figs [159] (as Ophiocentrus dilatatus)

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. [80-81, 94] (as Ophiocentrus dilatatus)

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 [236] (as Amphiocnida dilatata)

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 [106, pl. 16(7)] (as Amphiocnida dilatata)

Clark, H.L. 1938. Echinoderms from Australia. An account of collections made in 1929 and 1932. Memoirs of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University 55: 1-596, figs 1-64, pls 1-28 [236-237] (as Ophiocentrus dilatatus)

Clark, H.L. 1946. The echinoderm fauna of Australia. Its composition and its origin. Carnegie Institution of Washington Publication 566: 1-567 [199] (as Ophiocentrus dilatatus)

Gislén, T. 1926. On the generic types of the ophiuroid genus Ophiocentrus Ljungman (Amphiocnida Verrill). Göteborgs Kungliga Vetenskaps och Vitterhets Samhälles Handlingar 30(6): 3-16 [12-13] (as Ophiocentrus dilatatus)

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 [119] (as Ophiocentrus dilatatus)

Rowe, F.W.E. & Gates, J. 1995. Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Vol. 33 Echinodermata. Melbourne : CSIRO Australia 510 pp. [353] (as Ophiocentrus dilatata)


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 ECHINODERMATA 08-Aug-2023 MODIFIED Nish Nizar (NMV)
22-Jul-2013 MODIFIED