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Ophioplocus imbricatus
(Müller & Troschel 1842)

                        Emma Ceccato (2012)



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Evolution and Origins

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References & Links

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Arshavskii, Y. I., S. M. Kashin, N. M. Litvinova, G. N. Orlovskii, and A. G. Fel'dman. 1976. Types of locomotion in ophiurans. Neurophysiology 8:398-404.

Astley, H. C. 2012. Getting around when you're round: quantitative analysis of the locomotion of the blunt-spined brittle star, Ophiocoma echinata. Journal of Experimental Biology 215:1923-1929.

Boissin, E., Hoareau, T., Fe´ral, J.P., Chenuil, A. 2008. Extreme selfing rates in the cosmopolitan brittle star species complex Amphipholis squamata: data from progeny-array and heterozygote deficiency. Marine Ecology Progress Series 361:151-159.

Boos, K., L. Gutow, R. Mundry, and H.-D. Franke. 2010. Sediment preference and burrowing behaviour in the sympatric brittlestars Ophiura albida Forbes, 1839 and Ophiura ophiura (Linnaeus, 1758) (Ophiuroidea, Echinodermata). Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 393:176-181.

Fedra, K., E. M. Olscher, C. Scherubel, M. Stachowitsch, and R. S. Wurzian. 1976. Ecology of a North Adriatic benthic community – distribution, standing crop and composition of macrobenthos. Marine Biology 38:129-145.

Dearborn, J. H., G. Hendler, and K. C. Edwards. 1996. The diet of Ophiosparte gigas (Echinodermata: Ophiuroidea) along the Antarctic Peninsula, with comments on its taxonomic status. Polar Biology 16:309-320.

Glaser, O. C. 1907. Movement and problem solving in Ophiura brevispina. Journal of Experimental Zoology 4:203-220. Guensburg, T. E., and J. Sprinkle. 2001. Earliest crinoids: New evidence for the origin of the dominant Paleozoic echinoderms. Geology 29:131-134.

Guensburg, T. E., and J. Sprinkle. 2001. Earliest crinoids: New evidence for the origin of the dominant Paleozoic echinoderms. Geology 29:131-134.

Hendler, G. 1978. Development of Amphioylus ubditus (Verrill) (Echinodermata: Ophiuroidea) Description and discussion of ophiuroid skeletal ontogeny and homologies. Biol. Bull. 154: 79-95.

Hendler, G. 1988. Opiuroid skeleton ontogeny reveals homologies among skeletal plates of adults – a study of Amphiura-filiformis, Amphiura-stimpsonii and ophiophragmus-filograneus (Echinodermata). Biological Bulletin 174:20-29.

Hendler, G. 1991. Ophiuroidea. In: Giese AC, Pearse JS, Pearse VB, eds. Reproduction of Marine Invertebrates. Pacific Grove: Boxwood Press. pp 355–511.

Hyman, L.H. 1955. The Invertebrates: Echinodermata. New York, Toronto, London: McGraw-Hill.

Jagt, J. W. M. 1999. Late Cretaceous-early Palaeogene Echinoderms and the K, T Boundary in the Southeast Netherlands and Northeast Belgium: Part 1: Introduction and Stratigraphy, Part 2: Crinoids. Nationaal Natuurhistorisch Museum.

Koslow, J., K. Gowlett-Holmes, and J. Lowry. O‟ Hara T, Poore GCB and Williams A (2001) Seamount benthic macrofauna off southern Tasmania: community structure and impacts of trawling. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 213:111-125.

Lawrence, J. 1987. A Functional Biology of Echinoderms. Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press.

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Stohr, S., T. D. O'Hara, and B. Thuy. 2012. Global Diversity of Brittle Stars (Echinodermata: Ophiuroidea). Plos One 7.

Thomas, L. P. 1975. Systematic relationships of Ophioplocus, Ophioceramis, and Ophioceres (Echinodermata, Ophiuroidea). Bulletin of Marine Science 25:232-247.

Wakabayashi, K., M. Komatsu, and Y. Kogure. 2010. Occurrence of a tropical brittle star, Ophioplocus imbricatus (Echinodermata, Ophiuroidea) in the Kii Peninsula, implying the recent water temperature rises in Japanese waters. Biogeography 12:1-8.

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