Australian Biological Resources Study

Australian Faunal Directory


Regional Maps

Species Ophiomastix variabilis Koehler, 1905

Compiler and date details

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




Queensland, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

Yonge Reef to Lizard Is. and One Tree Is., Qld and Rowley Shoals to Cape Leveque, WA; east Indo-west-central Pacific, West Indian Ocean. Depth range 0-44 m

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Northwest Shelf Province (27), Northwest Transition (3), Northeast Shelf Province (40), Northeast Shelf Transition (41)

Other Regions

Australian Antarctic Territory

Ecological Descriptors

Benthic, continental shelf, continental slope, 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. [183-184, pl. 13(1-2)] (as Ophiomastix bispinosa)

Clark, A.H. 1954. Records of Indo-Pacific echinoderms. Pacific Science 8(3): 243-263 [261] (as Ophiomastix bispinosa)

Clark, A.M. & Courtman-Stock, J. 1976. The Echinoderms of Southern Africa. British Museum of Natural History Publication 766: 277 pp, 276 figs [176, fig. 192] (as Ophiomastix variabilis)

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 [296] (as Ophiomastix variabilis)

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 [138] (as Ophiomastix bispinosa)

Clark, H.L. 1946. The echinoderm fauna of Australia. Its composition and its origin. Carnegie Institution of Washington Publication 566: 1-567 [250] (as Ophiomastix variabilis and Ophiomastix bispinosa)

Devaney, D.M. 1978. A review of the genus Ophiomastix (Ophiuroidea: Ophiocomidae). Micronesica 14(2): 273-359 figs 1-42 [341-350, fig. 34-40] (as Ophiomastix variabilis)

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 [202-203] (as Ophiomastix variabilis)

Marsh, L.M. 1986. Echinoderms. In Faunal surveys of the Rowley Shoals, Scott Reef and Seringaham Reef, north-western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement 25: 63-74 [71] (as Ophiomastix variabilis)

McKnight, D.G. 1989. Further records of Tasman and Coral Sea echinoderms. DMFS Reports 3: 3-18 [12] (as Ophiomastix bispinosa)

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 [197-198] (as Ophiomastix bispinosa)

Rowe, F.W.E. & Gates, J. 1995. Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Vol. 33 Echinodermata. Melbourne : CSIRO Australia 510 pp. [392] (as Ophiomastix variabilis)


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)
22-Jul-2013 26-Mar-2012 MOVED
29-Mar-2010 MODIFIED