species: Unidentified brittlestar 2 in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Unidentified brittlestar 2

©Mike Bok: Unidentified brittlestar 2 from Lizard Island, Aug 2018.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Echinodermata
Class Ophiuroidea
Order Ophiurida
Species Unidentified brittlestar 2



Distinguishing features

The distinctive colour of the photographed individual does not match any species known from the Lizard Island area.

A photo showing an animal with similar colour and markings is identified as Ophiomastix flaccida by Coleman (2007, pp. 63, 64). That species occurs in northern Australia (Clark and Rowe, 1971) but there are no records of it from there in Atlas of Living Australia (accessed 28 Jan 2019).


  • Size data has not been obtained.

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.


Similar taxa

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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.
  • Coleman, N. (2007). Sea Stars: Echinoderms of the Asia/Indo-Pacific Neville Coleman's Underwater Geographic, Springwood, Qld. Australia.