Higher Classification: > Kingdom Animalia > Phylum Echinodermata > Subphylum Asterozoa

Ophiuroidea Gray, 1840

Rank: Class
Taxon Status: accepted


Euryalida Lamarck, 1816
Ophiurida Müller & Troschel, 1840
Ophiuroidea Incertae sedis

Vernaculars (+) (-)

 Dutch: slangsterren sources: de Ruijter, E.; Schoenmaker, A. (Ed.) (1989). Zeeboek [The sea book]. 2nd revised ed. Jeugdbondsuitgeverij JBU / Stichting Uitgeverij KNNV: Utrecht, The Netherlands. ISBN 90-5107-007-1. 238 pp.
 English: brittlestars sources: Hayward, P.J.; Nelson-Smith, A.; Shields, C. (1996). Collins pocket guide: sea shore of Britain and Europe. Collins pocket guides. Harper-Collins Publishers: London, UK. ISBN 0-00-219955-6. 352 pp.
 German: Schlangensterne
 Swedish: ormstjärnor


basis of record

Hansson, H.G. (2001). Echinodermata, in: Costello, M.J. et al. (Ed.) (2001). European register of marine species: a check-list of the marine species in Europe and a bibliography of guides to their identification. Collection Patrimoines Naturels, 50: pp. 336-351

identification resource

Koehler, R. 1904. Ophiures de l'expédition du Siboga. Part 1. Ophiures de mer profonde. Siboga Expeditie 45a.

identification resource

Fell, H.B. (1961). The fauna of the Ross Sea. Part 1. Ophiuroidea. New Zealand Oceanographic Institute Memoir 18: 1-79, 19 pls.

identification resource

Koehler, R. 1922. Ophiurans of the Philippine Seas and adjacent waters. Smithsonian Institution United States National Museum Bulletin, 100(5), 1-486.

identification resource

Paterson, G.L.J. (1985). The deep-sea Ophiuroidea of the north Atlantic Ocean. Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History) Zoology 49(1): 1-162.

identification resource

Fell, H.B. (1960). Synoptic Keys to the Genera of Ophiuroidea, Zoology Publications, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, 26: 1-44



External Links



Stöhr, S. (2014). Ophiuroidea. In: Stöhr, S.; O’Hara, T. & Thuy, B. (Eds) (2014) World Ophiuroidea database. In: Costello, M.J.; Bouchet, P.; Boxshall, G.; Arvantidis, C.; Appeltans, W. (2014) European Register of Marine Species, accessed through PESI at http://www.eu-nomen.eu/portal/taxon.php?GUID=urn:lsid:marinespecies.org:taxname:123084




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