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

Amphiura fragilis Verrill, 1885

Rank: Species
Taxon Status: accepted

Relationships towards this taxon

Genus group names

AmphiuraForbes, 1843accepted genus name
Hemilepis Ljungman, 1872 synonym
Monamphiura Fell, 1962 synonym
Ophiopeltis Düben & Koren, 1846 synonym
Silax Fell, 1962 synonym

Species group names

Amphiura denticulata Koehler, 1896 synonym


original description

Verrill, A.E., 1885. Results of the explorations made by the steamer "Albatross", off the northern coast of the United States, in 1883. Rep. U.S. Commnr Fish., 1883 : 503-699.

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

North East Atlantic Taxa

additional source

ITIS database





External Links

USNM Invertebrate Zoology Echinodermata Collection
Biodiversity Heritage Library (9 publications)


Stöhr, S. (2014). Amphiura fragilis Verrill, 1885. 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:125081




 Present  Absent  Doubtful  Native  Introduced  Naturalised  Invasive  Managed  No data


marine, not brackish, not fresh, not terrestrial


appendix 1 This species is listed on the CITES Appendix I which means it is threatened with extinction and CITES prohibits international trade in specimens of these species except when the purpose of the import is not commercial, for instance for scientific research.
appendix 2 This species is listed on the CITES Appendix II which means it is not necessarily now threatened with extinction but that may become so unless trade is closely controlled. International trade in specimens species may be authorized by the granting of an export permit or re-export certificate.

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