Higher Classification: > Kingdom Animalia > Phylum Echinodermata > Subphylum Asterozoa > Class Ophiuroidea > Order Ophiurida > Suborder Ophiurina > Family Ophiacanthidae

Ophiacantha Müller & Troschel, 1842

Rank: Genus
Taxon Status: accepted

Relationships towards this taxon

Genus group names

Ophiectodia Verrill, 1899 synonym
Ophientodia Verrill, 1899 synonym
Ophiodiplax Koehler, 1911 synonym
Ophioscalus Verrill, 1899 synonym


Ophiacantha abyssicola G.O. Sars, 1871
Ophiacantha angolensis Koehler, 1923
Ophiacantha anomala G.O. Sars, 1872
Ophiacantha aristata Koehler, 1895
Ophiacantha bidentata (Bruzelius, 1805)
Ophiacantha brevispina Koehler, 1898
Ophiacantha crassidens Verrill, 1885
Ophiacantha cuspidata Lyman, 1878
Ophiacantha dallasii Duncan, 1879
Ophiacantha densa Farran, 1913
Ophiacantha enopla Verrill, 1885
Ophiacantha fraterna Verrill, 1885
Ophiacantha lineata Koehler, 1896
Ophiacantha mesembria H.L. Clark, 1915
Ophiacantha nodosa Lyman, 1878
Ophiacantha notata Koehler, 1906
Ophiacantha parcita Koehler, 1906
Ophiacantha rosea Lyman, 1878
Ophiacantha setosa (Bruzelius, 1805)
Ophiacantha simulans Koehler, 1895
Ophiacantha smitti Ljungman, 1872
Ophiacantha spectabilis G.O. Sars, 1871
Ophiacantha spinosella Mortensen, 1933
Ophiacantha veterna Koehler, 1907


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

additional source

Clark, A.M. (1974). Notes on some echinoderms from southern Africa. Bulluetin of the British Museum of Natural History (Zoology) 26(6): 423-487, 3 pls, 16 figs, 1 map, 3 tables

additional source

North East Atlantic Taxa



External Links

USNM Invertebrate Zoology Echinodermata Collection


Stöhr, S. (2014). Ophiacantha Müller & Troschel, 1842. 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:123587




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marine, not brackish, not fresh, not terrestrial


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