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Ophiocoma scolopendrina

Ophiocoma scolopendrina is a species of brittle star in the family Ophiocomidae.

Ophiocoma scolopendrina, similar to other brittle star, have long and thin arms stemming from a small dish-shaped body and are around the size of an outstretched human hand. They belong to the phylum of echinoderms, which incorporates sea urchins, sea stars, and sea cucumbers.

Dorsal disc and dorsal arm plates vary from black, multicolored black to a pale brown. The arms are abnormally banded. They can reach a length of around 13 centimeters, while the disc diameter reaches 20 millimeters.

This species is located in the Red Sea, Madagascar and Eastern Africa.

These brittle stars can be found in crevices and under boulders of intertidal reef platforms, in the upper and middle eulittoral.

Image Caption: Ophiocoma scolopendrina at Sharm El Sheik, Red Sea. Credit: Hectonichus/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Ophiocoma scolopendrina