Higher Classification: > Kingdom Animalia > Phylum Echinodermata > Subphylum Asterozoa > Class Ophiuroidea > Order Ophiurida > Suborder Ophiurina > Infraorder Chilophiurina > Family Ophiuridae > Subfamily Ophiurinae > Genus Ophiura

Ophiura albida Forbes, 1839

Rank: Species
Taxon Status: accepted

Relationships towards this taxon

Genus group names

OphiuraLamarck, 1801accepted genus name
Ophioglypha Lyman, 1860 synonym
Ophioglyphina Ludwig, 1886 synonym
Ophiozea A.H. Clark, 1920 synonym

Vernaculars (+) (-)

 Bokmål (Norwegian): hvitflekket slangestjerne sources: PESI (A Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure) focal points
 Dutch: kleine slangster sources: Holtmann, S.E.; Groenewold, A.; Schrader, K.H.M.; Asjes, J.; Craeymeersch, J.A.; Duineveld, G.C.A.; van Bostelen, A.J.; van der Meer, J. (1996). Atlas of the zoobenthos of the Dutch continental shelf. Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management: Rijswijk, The Netherlands. ISBN 90-369-4301-9. 243 pp.
 English: Serpent's table brittlestar sources: MarLIN
 French: ophiure blanche sources: Degraer S., J. Wittoeck, W. Appeltans, K. Cooreman, T. Deprez, H. Hillewaert, K. Hostens, J. Mees, E. Vanden Berghe & M. Vincx (2006). The macrobenthos atlas of the Belgian part of the North Sea. Belgian Science Policy. D/2005/1191/3. ISBN 90-810081-6-1. 164 pp.
 German: gemeiner Schlangenstern; Heller Schlangenstern sources: Unterwasser-Welt Ostsee
 Norwegian: hvitflekket slangestjerne sources: PESI (A Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure) focal points
 Norwegian Bokmål: hvitflekket slangestjerne sources: History of British Starfishes: 27.
 Norwegian Nynorsk: kvitflekket slangestjerne sources: History of British Starfishes: 27.
 Nynorsk (Norwegian): kvitflekket slangestjerne sources: PESI (A Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure) focal points
 Swedish: vitfläckig fransormstjärna


original description

Forbes, E. 1839. On the Asteriadae of the Irish Sea. Memoirs of the Wernerian Society, 8, 1-114.

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

Southward, E.C.; Campbell, A.C. (2006). [Echinoderms: keys and notes for the identification of British species]. Synopses of the British fauna (new series), 56. Field Studies Council: Shrewsbury, UK. ISBN 1-85153-269-2. 272 pp.

additional source

Muller, Y. (2004). Faune et flore du littoral du Nord, du Pas-de-Calais et de la Belgique: inventaire. [Coastal fauna and flora of the Nord, Pas-de-Calais and Belgium: inventory]. Commission Régionale de Biologie Région Nord Pas-de-Calais: France. 307 pp.

additional source

Dyntaxa (2013) Swedish Taxonomic Database. Accessed at www.dyntaxa.se [15-01-2013].

additional source

North East Atlantic Taxa





External Links

USNM Invertebrate Zoology Echinodermata Collection
Marine Life Information Network - UK
Biodiversity Heritage Library (110 publications)
Barcode of Life (9 barcodes)
GenBank (4 nucleotides; 26 proteins)


Stöhr, S. (2014). Ophiura albida Forbes, 1839. 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:124913




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marine, brackish, not fresh, not terrestrial


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