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Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorOphiocoma valenciae Müller & Troschel, 1842 
AphiaID: 212375

Classification: Biota > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorAnimalia (Kingdom) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorEchinodermata (Phylum) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorAsterozoa (Subphylum) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorOphiuroidea (Class) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorOphiurida (Order) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorOphiurina (Suborder) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorGnathophiurina (Infraorder) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorOphiocomidae (Family) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorOphiocominae (Subfamily) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorOphiocoma (Genus)
Status accepted
Rank Species
Parent Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorOphiocoma L. Agassiz, 1835
Sources  original description Müller, J.H.; Troschel, F.H. 1842. System der Asteriden. , 1-134. Vieweg: Braunschweig [details]

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Environment marine, brackish, fresh, terrestrial
Distribution 
From other sources
Federal Republic of Somalia
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorSomalia [details]
Indian Ocean
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorAldabra [details]
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorChagos [details]
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorMascarene Basin [details]
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorWest Indian Ocean [details]
Kenya
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorKenya [details]
Madagascar
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorMadagascar [details]
Mozambique
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorMozambique [details]
Red Sea
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorRed Sea [details]
Seychelles
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorSeychelles [details]
South Africa
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorSouth Africa (country) [details]
Tanzania
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTanzania [details]
(no group)
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorEastern Africa & Madagascar [details]
Links Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo Barcode of Life 
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo Biodiversity Heritage Library (12 publications) 
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo Encyclopedia of Life 
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo USNM Invertebrate Zoology Echinodermata Collection 
Notes 
From other sources
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorDescription Colour in life: very varied, arms commonly green or green brown and banded by darker areas but banding may be deep brown or cream. Disc uniformly dull green to dark brown. Very fragile (Humphreys, 1981). One of the most abundant brittlestars in the region. Description: arm length up to 10 cm, disc diameter up to 20 mm. Disc scales covered by granules, becoming spiky towards the edges, higher than thick. Arms with spines as long as the arm width. Disc mottled green, arms distictly banded. Only one tentacle scale at least beyond the fifth segment.
Habitat: diverse shallow substrates; rocks, coral reef, under weed, beacon reef (Balinsky, 1957).
Also distributed in Persian Gulf (Tortonese, 1949); Persian Gulf, Maldive area and Bay of Bengal (Clark & Rowe, 1971); Lakshadweep (India) in Sastry (1991).
General distribution: Tropical Indo-Pacific in Kalk (1958); Red Sea, Persian Gulf, western Indian Ocean (uncertain records in the East) (Tortonese, 1980); WIO and Red Sea (Richmond, 1998).
Devaney (1970) and Clark & Rowe (1971) restricted the range from Persian gulf and East coast of Africa to Mascarene Island in the western Indian Ocean, doubting the further eastern records (Sastry, 1991). [details]

Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorType locality Type locality: Red Sea. Also recorded from 'Coin Peros' by Bell (1909) - locality can't be traced. [details]
LSID urn:lsid:marinespecies.org:taxname:212375
Taxonomic
Edit history
 
Date   action   by
1997-02-03 23:00:00Z  created  Vanden Berghe, Edward
2000-09-27 07:27:35Z  changed  Garcia, Maria
2007-07-18 12:17:12Z  checked  Stöhr, Sabine
  
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  Citation: Stöhr, S. (2014). Ophiocoma valenciae Müller & Troschel, 1842. In: Stöhr, S.; O’Hara, T. & Thuy, B. (Eds) (2014) World Ophiuroidea database. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=212375 on 2014-08-29
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