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Ophiopsammus maculata (Verrill, 1869)Species Images
In rock crevices below low tide, Henderson Bay, Far North, NZ. Disc approx. 40mm, arm span approx. 300mm
In rock crevices below low tide, Henderson Bay, Far North, NZ. Disc approx. 40mm, arm span approx. 300mm
In rock crevices below low tide, Henderson Bay, Far North, NZ
. Disc approx. 40mm, arm span approx. 300mm
Ophiopsammus maculata (Verrill, 1869)
Phylum: Echinodermata
This is not a Mollusc. Other non-Molluscan Phyla (Echinodermata, Brachiopoda etc) have been included to help identify species that may be mistaken for Mollusca, but actually are not.
Classification:
Echinodermata (Phylum) > Asterozoa (Subphylum) > Ophiuroidea (Class) > Myophiuroidea (Subclass) > Ophiacanthida (Order) > Ophiodermatoidea (Superfamily) > Ophiodermatidae (Family) > Ophiopsammus (Genus)
Family:
OPHIODERMATIDAE
Distribution:
Throughout NZ, from Northland to Stewart Island, from low tide
Geographical Range:
ACFE.
Notes:
Marine, Endemic. Dark crimson with distinctive small red spots over entire dorsal surface and ventral disc
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Key to Geographical Ranges
NZ Map showing Geographical Ranges
The symbols K.A.C.F.M.An. are used to indicate the geographical range of the species. They have been adopted to give an approxomation of the range of each species within New Zealand.
K=
Kermadec Islands
A=
Aupourian - Kaipara Harbour, north around North Cape, encompassing the Three Kings Islands and south to East Cape
C=
Cookian - Lower North Island and the northern part of the South Island
F=
Forsterian - Otago, Fiordland and Stewart Island
M=
Moriorian - Chatham Islands, Pitt Island
An=
Antipodean - Subantarctic Islands of New Zealand
Fw =
Freshwater
L =
Land
N =
North Island
S =
South Island
E =
Endemic
I =
Introduced
R =
Recent
Sf =
Subfossil
Fo =
Fossil