Higher Classification: > Kingdom Animalia > Phylum Echinodermata > Subphylum Asterozoa > Class Ophiuroidea > Order Ophiurida > Suborder Ophiurina > Infraorder Gnathophiurina > Family Amphiuridae > Genus Amphipholis

Amphipholis squamata (Delle Chiaje, 1828)

Rank: Species
Taxon Status: accepted

Relationships towards this taxon

Genus group names

AmphipholisLjungman, 1866accepted genus name
Axiognathus Thomas, 1966 synonym

Species group names

Amphipholis lineata Ljungman, 1872 synonym
Amphipholis tenera (Lütken, 1856) synonym
Amphipholis tenuispina (Ljungman, 1865) synonym
Amphiura elegans (Leach, 1815) synonym
Asterias squamata Delle Chiaje, 1828 synonym
Axiognathus squamata (Delle Chiaje, 1829) synonym

Vernaculars (+) (-)

 Bokmål (Norwegian): dvergslangestjerne sources: PESI (A Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure) focal points
 Dutch: levendbarende slangster
 English: brooding snake star; dwarf brittle star sources: North-West Atlantic Ocean species (NWARMS)
 German: Schuppiger Schlangenstern sources: Unterwasser-Welt Ostsee
 Norwegian: dvergslangestjerne sources: PESI (A Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure) focal points
 Norwegian Bokmål: dvergslangestjerne sources: Memorie sulla storia e anatomia degli animali del
 Norwegian Nynorsk: dvergslangestjerne sources: Memorie sulla storia e anatomia degli animali del
 Nynorsk (Norwegian): dvergslangestjerne sources: PESI (A Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure) focal points
 Swedish: dvärgormstjärna


original description

Delle Chiaje S. 1823-1831. Memorie sulla storia e notomia degli animali senza vertebre del regno di Napoli. Napoli: Fratelli Fernandes (vol. 1), and Società Tipografica (vol. 2-4). Vol. 1, pp. i-xii, 1-84 [1823], pp. 1-184 [1824]; vol. 2, pp. [1-4] + 185-224 [1825], pp. 225-444 [1826]; vol. 3, pp. i-xx, pp. 1-232 [1828]; vol. 4, pp. i-vii [1831], 1-116 [1830], pp. 117-214 [1831]; pl. 1-4; pl. 1-69 [date?], pl. 70-109 [1830][dates according to Sherborn, 1922]

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

Gosner, K.L. 1971. Guide to identification of marine and estuarine invertebrates: Cape Hatteras to the Bay of Fundy. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 693 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

Clark, A.M. and J. Courtman-Stock. (1976). The echinoderms of southern Africa. Publ. No. 766. British Museum (Nat. Hist), London. 277 pp.

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

Pollock, L.W. (1998). A practical guide to the marine animals of northeastern North America. Rutgers University Press. New Brunswick, New Jersey & London. 367 pp.

additional source

Clark, A.M. (1977). The South African Museum's Meiring Naude cruises, part 4: Echinoderms. Ann. S. Afr. Mus. 73(6):; 133-147.

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

Mah, C.L.; McKnight, D.G.; Eagle, M.K.; Pawson, D.L.; Améziane, N.; Vance, D.J.; Baker, A.N.; Clark, H.E.S.; Davey, N. 2009. Phylum Echinodermata: sea stars, brittle stars, sea urchins, sea cucumbres, sea lilies, in: Gordon, D.P. (Ed.) (2009). New Zealand inventory of biodiversity: 1. Kingdom Animalia: Radiata, Lophotrochozoa, Deuterostomia. pp. 371-400.

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

status source

Hendler, G.; Peck, R.W. 1988. Ophiuroids off the deep end: Fauna of the Belizean fore-reef slope. In: Burke, R.D.; Mladenov, P.V.; Lambert, P.; Parsley, R.L. Echinoderm Biology, Proceedings of the sixth International Echinoderm Conference, 411-419.





External Links

Barcode of Life (10 barcodes)
GenBank (152 nucleotides; 33 proteins)
USNM Invertebrate Zoology Echinodermata Collection
USNM Invertebrate Zoology Echinodermata Collection
Marine Life Information Network - UK
Biodiversity Heritage Library (76 publications)


Stöhr, S. (2014). Amphipholis squamata (Delle Chiaje, 1828). 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:125064




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