species: Ophioplocus imbricatus in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Ophioplocus imbricatus

©Anne Hoggett: Ophioplocus imbricatus from under rubble at Lizard Island. Disc diameter about 15 mm.

©Anne Hoggett: Ophioplocus imbricatus at Lizard Island, disc diameter about 15 mm. Note fragmented dorsal arm plates and naked disc scales.

©Anne Hoggett: Oral surface of Ophioplocus imbricatus at Lizard Island. Disc diameter about 15 mm.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Echinodermata
Class Ophiuroidea
Order Ophiurida
Family Ophiolepididae
Genus Ophioplocus
Species Ophioplocus imbricatus



Distinguishing features

This is a relatively slow-moving brittlestar is found under rubble slabs on sand. No granules or spinelets on disc scales; dorsal arm plates fragmented. 


  • Size data has not been obtained.

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Local abundance

  • Lizard Island: Probably quite common but rarely seen due to cryptic habit.

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Clark, A.M. and F.W.E. Rowe (1971). Monograph of shallow-water Indo-west Pacific echinoderms British Museum (Natural History), London.