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Banded Brittle Star

Ophiolepis superba


Also referred to as Ophiolepis annulosa, and also known as Banded Serpent Star, Black-Banded Serpent Star, Tiger-striped Sea Star, Zebra Brittle Starfish, Fancy Serpent Sea Star, Painted Serpent Starfish and Mosaic Brittle Star. Their long arms are covered in soft spikes. They feed on plankton, detritus, molluscs and worms, and grow to a length of about 9cm.


Found on coral and rocky reefs, on rubble or on living coral, at depths of 0 to 30m. Widespread in the Indo-Pacific region.


Spotted this during a night dive, at Isla Reta Beach Resort, Talikud Island.

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Davao Del Norte, Philippines

Spotted on Apr 17, 2012
Submitted on Apr 24, 2012

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