Species Diversity
Online ISSN : 2189-7301
Print ISSN : 1342-1670
A New Record of Brittle Star Ophiopsila cf. polyacantha (Echinodermata: Ophiuroidea) from Southwestern Japan, with Notes on its Bioluminescence
Masanori OkanishiTakuma Fujii
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2020 Volume 25 Issue 2 Pages 283-294

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Two specimens of Ophiopsila cf. polyacantha H. L. Clark, 1915 are described from approximately 15 m water depth at Kakeromajima island, Amami Islands in southwestern Japan. The species occurs on sandy bottoms with the disc buried and the arms extended above the substratum. Bioluminescence and burrowing behavior are described. The specimens are clearly morphologically different from the two species of Ophiopsila Forbes, 1843 previously recorded from Japan. The new Japanese name “Kin-habu-toranoo-kumohitode” is proposed.

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