Ophidiaster ophidianus unspecified
purple seastar
photo by Pillon, Roberto

Family:  Ophidiasteridae ()
Max. size: 
Environment:  benthic; marine; depth range 0 - 100 m
Distribution:  Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea: Azores Is.
Diagnosis:   
Biology:  Members of the class Asteroidea exhibit both asexual (regeneration and clonal) and sexual (gonochoric) means of reproduction. Life cycle: Embryos hatch into planktonic larvae and later metamorphose into pentamorous juveniles which develop into young sea stars with stubby arms (Ref. 833).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans: 
Country info:   
 

Entered by: Bailly, Nicolas - 11.12.05
Modified by: Conejar - Espedido, Jeniffer - 10.02.16

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