Schayer's brittle star

Ophionereis schayeri (Müller & Troschel, 1844)

It is the largest and most common brittle star found, the disc is covered in minute scales, 4 spines per arm segment, dark stripes around arms they scavenge for food by extending their arms out at night.

They can drop off the ends of their arms, like lizards drop off their tails. These arm pieces have a green luminescent glow, thought to act as a decoy for predators to follow at night

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What habitats does Ophionereis schayeri live in?

The depth range is from the inter-tidal zone to 180 metres below sea level. This brittle star may be found under boulders in tidal areas. It moves quickly away from light when exposed

What is the distribution of Ophionereis schayeri?

Found off the coast of Australia. Areas include New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania

How big does Ophionereis schayeri grow?

Disc up to 2.5 cm wide, arms up to 15 cm long

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