Fish Species


Brittlestar - Description

The Brittlestar also known as the Serpent Star is closely related to the starfish and appears hairy but is in fact covered with fine spines.

It can move across the ocean floor using its large 'arms' to propel it. It can be white, brown or red in color.

Popular Name: Brittlestar
Species: Ophiothrix fragilis

Profile of the Brittlestar

This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Brittlestar species.

  • Size: Central Disk - Up to 2cm, Each arm can be up to 60cm

  • Habitat: Sand or gravel, at a depth of up to 350m

  • Range: Eastern Atlantic

Scientific Classification of the Brittlestar

Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Ophiothrix fragilis

  • Popular Name: Brittlestar Serpent Star

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Echinodermata

  • Class: Ophiuroidea

  • Order: Ophiurida

  • Family: Ophiothricidae


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Facts about Fish Species - Brittlestar

The colours, shapes and sizes of individual fishes varies enormously - you really need excellent quality pictures or photographs to assist in the identification process.

A combination of the number of fins and their characteristics, color, scale counts, general features, maximum length and distribution are used during a species identification process.


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