Snake Brittle Star (Ophioderma Longicauda)

Latin name: Ophioderma longicauda
Common name: Snake brittle star
Other names: Brown brittle star
Class: Ophiuroidea
Order: Ophiurida
Family: Ophiodermatidae

Distribution: Mediterranean, Atlantic.

Habitat: Sandy and rocky substrates down to 70 metres.

Size: Disc up to 3cm in diameter.

Shape: Five unbranched, tapering arms with spines, no suckers on tube-feet, mouth on underside.

Colour: Brownish, greenish with grey marks.

Did you know? It is the largest ophiuroid of the Mediterranean Sea.