Overview

Brief Summary

Fossil species

recent & fossil

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Physical Description

Morphology

Sexual Dimorphism

Females larger than males in some species, and dwarf males occur; Sexual Dimorphism in many skeletal characteristics such as the number and size of disk scales, the number and length of arm spines and length of genital papillae.
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Ecology

Associations

Known predators

  • T. A. Clark, A. O. Flechsig, R. W. Grigg, Ecological studies during Project Sealab II, Science 157(3795):1381-1389, from p. 1384 (1967).
  • Link J (2002) Does food web theory work for marine ecosystems? Mar Ecol Prog Ser 230:1–9
  • Opitz S (1996) Trophic interactions in Caribbean coral reefs. ICLARM Tech Rep 43, Manila, Philippines
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Known prey organisms

Ophiuroidea preys on:
detritus
Isopoda
Amphipoda
Pycnogonidae
Tanaidae
Gastropoda
Priapula
Polychaeta
Ophiuroidea
Bivalvia
Ectoprocta
Cirripedia
Ascidia
Porifera
Cnidaria
Anthozoa
Amphiprion percula

Based on studies in:
USA: California, Southern California (Marine, Sublittoral)
USA, Northeastern US contintental shelf (Coastal)
Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico-Virgin Islands shelf (Reef)

This list may not be complete but is based on published studies.
  • T. A. Clark, A. O. Flechsig, R. W. Grigg, Ecological studies during Project Sealab II, Science 157(3795):1381-1389, from p. 1384 (1967).
  • Link J (2002) Does food web theory work for marine ecosystems? Mar Ecol Prog Ser 230:1–9
  • Opitz S (1996) Trophic interactions in Caribbean coral reefs. ICLARM Tech Rep 43, Manila, Philippines
  • Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 16, 2011 at http://animaldiversity.org. http://www.animaldiversity.org
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLD) Stats
                                        
Specimen Records:9,841Public Records:6,238
Specimens with Sequences:7,560Public Species:297
Specimens with Barcodes:7,370Public BINs:597
Species:589         
Species With Barcodes:446         
          
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Barcode data

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Locations of barcode samples

Collection Sites: world map showing specimen collection locations for Ophiuroidea

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Genomic DNA is available from 1 specimen with morphological vouchers housed at Florida Museum of Natural History
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