species: Ophiolepis superba in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Ophiolepis superba

©Lyle Vail: Ophiolepis superba at Lizard Island

©Lyle Vail: Oral surface of Ophiolepis superba at Lizard Island

©Anne Hoggett: Ophiolepis superba, found under rubble at base of reef slope off ��South Island, Lizard Island, Queensland
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Echinodermata
Class Ophiuroidea
Order Ophiurida
Family Ophiolepididae
Genus Ophiolepis
Species Ophiolepis superba



Distinguishing features

A large, stiff, slow-moving brittlestar with distinctive colour pattern as shown. Smooth disc and arm plates and very short arm spines appressed to arm. Found on sand under rubble.


  • Up to 3 cm (Length of specimen) - applies to Disc diameter

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



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