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

Ophiopholis aculeata (Linnaeus, 1767)

Rank: Species
Taxon Status: accepted

Relationships towards this taxon

Genus group names

OphiopholisMüller & Troschel, 1842accepted genus name
Polypholis Duncan, 1880 synonym

Species group names

Ophiocoma bellis ?Forbes, 1839 synonym
Ophiolepis scolopendrica Müller & Troschel, 1842 synonym
Polypholis echinata Duncan, 18?? synonym

Vernaculars (+) (-)

 Bokmål (Norwegian): kameleonslangestjerne sources: PESI (A Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure) focal points
 English: crevice brittlestar sources: PESI (A Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure) focal points
 English-United States: Crevice Brittlestar sources: Charles Hussey
 French: ophiure pâquerette sources: Chabot, R. & Rossignol, A. 2003. Algues et faune du littoral du Saint-Laurent maritime: Guide d'identification. Institut des sciences de la mer de Rimouski, Rimouski; Pêches et Océans Canada (Institut Maurice-Lamontagne), Mont-Joli. 113 pages.
 Norwegian: kameleonslangestjerne sources: PESI (A Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure) focal points
 Norwegian Bokmål: kameleonslangestjerne sources: Systema Naturae ed. 12: 1101
 Norwegian Nynorsk: kameleonslangestjerne sources: Systema Naturae ed. 12: 1101
 Nynorsk (Norwegian): kameleonslangestjerne sources: PESI (A Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure) focal points
 Swedish: mosaikormstjärna


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

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

ITIS database

additional source

Bromley, J.E.C., and J.S. Bleakney. 1984. Keys to the fauna and flora of Minas Basin. National Research Council of Canada Report 24119. 366 p.

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

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

additional source

North East Atlantic Taxa

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.





External Links

Biodiversity Heritage Library (223 publications)
USNM Invertebrate Zoology Echinodermata Collection
Marine Life Information Network - UK
Barcode of Life (38 barcodes)
GenBank (40 nucleotides; 54 proteins)


Stöhr, S. (2014). Ophiopholis aculeata (Linnaeus, 1767). 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:125125




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marine, not brackish, not fresh, not terrestrial


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