Higher Classification: > Kingdom Animalia > Phylum Echinodermata > Subphylum Asterozoa > Class Ophiuroidea > Order Euryalida > Family Gorgonocephalidae > Genus Gorgonocephalus

Gorgonocephalus arcticus Leach, 1819

Rank: Species
Taxon Status: accepted

Relationships towards this taxon

Genus group names

GorgonocephalusLeach, 1815accepted genus name

Species group names

Astrophyton agassizi Stimpson, 1854 synonym

Vernaculars (+) (-)

 English: northern basket star


original description

Leach, W.E. 1819. Descriptions des nouvelles espèces d’Animaux découvertes par le vaisseau Isabelle dans un voyage au pôle boréal. Journal de Physique, de Chimie 88: 462-467.

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

Brunel, P., Bosse, L. & Lamarche, G. (1998). Catalogue of the marine invertebrates of the estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence. Canadian Special Publication of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 126. 405 p.

additional source

Linkletter, L.E. 1977. A checklist of marine fauna and flora of the Bay of Fundy. Huntsman Marine Laboratory, St. Andrews, N.B. 68 p.

additional source

Trott, T.J. 2004. Cobscook Bay inventory: a historical checklist of marine invertebrates spanning 162 years. Northeastern Naturalist (Special Issue 2): 261 - 324.

additional source

ITIS database

additional source

Pawson, D. L., D. J. Vance, C. G. Messing, F. A. Solis-Marin, and C. L. Mah. 2009. Echinodermata of the Gulf of Mexico, Pp. 1177–1204 in Felder, D.L. and D.K. Camp (eds.), Gulf of Mexico–Origins, Waters, and Biota. Biodiversity. Texas A&M Press, College S

additional source

North East Atlantic Taxa





External Links

Biodiversity Heritage Library (16 publications)
USNM Invertebrate Zoology Echinodermata Collection
Barcode of Life (11 barcodes)
GenBank (8 nucleotides; 8 proteins)


Stöhr, S. (2014). Gorgonocephalus arcticus Leach, 1819. 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:124966




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marine, not brackish, not fresh, not terrestrial


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