Overview

Brief Summary

Fossil species

recent & fossil

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Physical Description

Morphology

Other Physical Features: ectothermic

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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

Ophiuroidea is prey of:
Citharichthys xanthostigma
Chondrichthyes
Scombridae
Actinopterygii
decomposers/microfauna
organic stuff
Octopus
Cephalopoda
Decapoda
Stomatopoda
Anomura
Asteroidea
Echinoidea
Gastropoda
Priapula
Polychaeta
Ophiuroidea
Urophycis tenuis
Urophycis chuss
Gadidae
Melanogrammus aeglefinus
Hemitripterus americanus
Myoxocephalus octodecemspinosus
Leucoraja erinacea
Leucoraja ocellata
Amblyraja radiata
Macrozoarces americanus
Brosme brosme
Anarhichas
Pleuronectes ferrugineus
Pleuronectes americanus
Hippoglossoides platessoides
Mustelus canis
Lophius americanus

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

This list may not be complete but is based on published studies.
  • 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
  • T. A. Clark, A. O. Flechsig, R. W. Grigg, Ecological studies during Project Sealab II, Science 157(3795):1381-1389, from p. 1384 (1967).
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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.
  • Link J (2002) Does food web theory work for marine ecosystems? Mar Ecol Prog Ser 230:1–9
  • 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
  • Opitz S (1996) Trophic interactions in Caribbean coral reefs. ICLARM Tech Rep 43, Manila, Philippines
  • T. A. Clark, A. O. Flechsig, R. W. Grigg, Ecological studies during Project Sealab II, Science 157(3795):1381-1389, from p. 1384 (1967).
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLD) Stats
Specimen Records:10752
Specimens with Sequences:8239
Specimens with Barcodes:8033
Species:671
Species With Barcodes:527
Public Records:6969
Public Species:370
Public BINs:690
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Barcode data

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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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