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Gorgonocephalidae

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Gorgonocephalidae is a family of basket stars. They have characteristic many-branched arms.

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Arms of Astroboa nuda

Gorgonocephalidae are the largest ophiuroids (Gorgonocephalus stimpsoni can measure up to 70 cm in arm length with a disk diameter of 14 cm).[1]

Systematics and phylogeny

The family is divided into the following genera:[2]

Fossil record of Gorgonocephalidae dates back to Miocene.[3]

References

  1. ^ Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia, vol 1, Gale Cengage 2003
  2. ^ http://marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=123203 accessed 26 August 2014
  3. ^ Kroh, A. 2003. First record of gorgonocephalid ophiuroids (Echinodermata) from the Middle Miocene of the Central Paratethys. Cainozoic Research 2: 143-155


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Gorgonocephalidae: Brief Summary

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Gorgonocephalidae is a family of basket stars. They have characteristic many-branched arms.

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Gorgonocephalidae are the largest ophiuroids (Gorgonocephalus stimpsoni can measure up to 70 cm in arm length with a disk diameter of 14 cm).

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Description

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Ophiurids in which the five arms are very branched. They have rings of little hook-like spines forming bands around the branches of each arm. Most remain hidden during the day but come out at night, extending their arms into the water to trap food particles. Richmond 1997 <282>.
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MASDEA (1997).
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