at http://www.marinespecies.eu/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=125122. the region of the earth that surrounds the equator, from 23.5 degrees north to 23.5 degrees south. Sex­ual re­pro­duc­tion is fol­lowed by asex­ual re­pro­duc­tion via fis­sion. Pp. Living in Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania, New Guinea and associated islands. The oral (under) surface is cream-coloured. The exact amount of time before metamorphosis into a radial, benthic adult is unknown, but it is estimated to be a month. Sperm are splashed onto nearby archegoniophores by rainwater, fertilizing eggs and generating spores. An interesting discrepancy in damage-release reaction time exists between populations of this species on algae and sponges. at http://books.google.com/books?id=NEog_WHJ5HcC&pg=PA307&lpg=PA307&dq=Ophiactis+savignyi&source=bl&ots=QMXwQgcU4X&sig=PMPeVAuf6Ew17GClRIZ-_CL78gk&hl=en&ei=K7t5S437JI2KnQe9l_GnCQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CBAQ6AEwAzgK#v=onepage&q=&f=false. Suspension feeder (Ref. The brittle star is also along the coast of Australia and Southeast Asia extending up into China's eastern coast. [4], Individual O. savignyi are either male or female, and they can reproduce either sexually or asexually. Exp. Dur­ing sex­ual re­pro­duc­tion ga­metes from dif­fer­ent colonies pre­sum­ably mix. Limnology and Oceanography, 17 (2): 193-199. Ophiactis savignyi A recently divided Ophiactis savignyi. In O. savignyi, fission causes species to have a variable number of arms; specimens that recently split typically have three large arms and three small regenerating ones. The arms of the animal range from 16.3 mm-20 mm and have small, rough spines running along them. (; McKeton and Wood, 2006), This species has no negative impact on humans or economic importance to them. 1995. 1988. (Boffi, 1972; McGovern, 2002a; McGovern, 2002b; Roy and Sponer, 2001; Schoener, 1972), Sexual reproduction by O. savignyi involves broadcast spawning. Accessed More specifically refers to a group of organisms in which members act as specialized subunits (a continuous, modular society) - as in clonal organisms. Referring to an animal that lives on or near the bottom of a body of water. Sea Stars, Sea Urchins, and Allies Echinoderms of Florida and the Caribbean, Proceedings of the Royal Society - Biological Sciences, Echinoderms 2000: proceedings of the 10th international conference, Dunedin, Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce, 2010, http://www.thecephalopodpage.org/MarineInvertebrateZoology/Ophiactissavignyi.html, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1690993/, http://books.google.com/books?id=NEog_WHJ5HcC&pg=PA307&lpg=PA307&dq=Ophiactis+savignyi&source=bl&ots=QMXwQgcU4X&sig=PMPeVAuf6Ew17GClRIZ-_CL78gk&hl=en&ei=K7t5S437JI2KnQe9l_GnCQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CBAQ6AEwAzgK#v=onepage&q=&f=false, http://www.sms.si.edu/IRLFieldGuide/Ophiac_savign.htm, http://www.marinespecies.eu/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=125122, © 2020 Regents of the University of Michigan. Reproductive cycle, asexual reproduction, and population dynamics of the fissiparous brittle star, Ophiactis savignyi, which inhabits the exhalant passages of the sponge Haliclona sp. "Field Guide to the Indian River Lagoon, Florida Savigny's Brittle Star Ophiactis savignyi" Each sex scatters its gametes in the water column. Topics Butterflies have complete metamorphosis, grasshoppers have incomplete metamorphosis. (Hendler, et al., 1995; McKeton and Wood, 2006), A defense mechanism of O. savignyi is its use of autonomy (casting off of limbs) when escaping predators. reproduction that includes combining the genetic contribution of two individuals, a male and a female. having body symmetry such that the animal can be divided in one plane into two mirror-image halves. Sex­ual re­pro­duc­tion by O. sav­i­gnyi in­volves broad­cast spawn­ing. The recent evolutionary history of Ophiactis savignyi (Echinodermata; Ophiuroidea). An animal that eats mainly plants or parts of plants. Density, size structure and reproductive characteristics of fissiparous brittle stars in algae and sponges: evidence for interpopulational variation in levels of sexual and asexual reproduction. Investigating Reproductive Strategies Print-and 111335), dead corals with algae (Ref. The aboral (upper) surface is covered by large overlapping scales and bears a scattering of spines, especially round the edges of the disc. Individuals with fewer arms are in the process of regeneration. Fertilized eggs develop into four-armed swimming larvae called ophioplutei. McGovern TM(1). Schoener, A. 1995. living in the southern part of the New World. Mar. 2011. Oldendorf, 42(2), 181-194. Sex-ratio bias and clonal reproduction in the brittlestar Ophiactis savignyi. In O. savignyi simultaneous asexual and sexual reproduction is also known to occur, but mature gonads are usually reabsorbed in one or both freshly split clones, making simultaneous sexual reproduction unlikely. (Chao and Tsai, 1995; McKeton and Wood, 2006; Roy and Sponer, 2001; Roy and Sponer, 2002; Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce, 2010; Stohr and Hansson, 2009), Ophiactis savignyi is benthic and resides inshore, on continental shelves, and continental slopes. the body of water between Africa, Europe, the southern ocean (above 60 degrees south latitude), and the western hemisphere. (Boffi, 1972; Chao and Tsai, 1995; Hendler, et al., 1995; McGovern, 2002a; McGovern, 2002b; McKeton and Wood, 2006; Mladenov and Emson, 1988; Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce, 2010), Ophiactis savignyi is radially symmetric as an adult, and is generally found with six arms, but can be found with 1-7 arms. The aboral surface of the disc is a pale greenish-brown colour and the large, triangular radial shields, close to the origins of the arms, are contrastingly darker. This is the world's largest ocean, covering about 28% of the world's surface. Though we edit our accounts for accuracy, we cannot guarantee all information in those accounts. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 230: 119-126. This species is prey to crabs and shrimp. Immature and mature organisms reproduce by splitting with both halves being autonomous. The arms are jointed and flexible and are usually variegated with intermittent dark and light markings. Roy, M., R. Sponer. The disc of the animal is 3.8-5 mm and darkly pigmented with rough-tipped spines on top of the disc. Reproduction of the ophiuroid Ophiactis resiliens Lyman 1879, a common species in the shallow waters around Australia, was examined over 1 year in two populations near Sydney, New South Wales. Patterns of sexual and asexual reproduction in the brittle star Ophiactis savignyi in the Florida Keys Tamara M. McGovern* Department of Biological Science, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida 32306-1100, USA … Each segment bears five or six thorny spines. McGovern: Patterns of reproduction in Ophiactis savignyi were mature, but most large individu- als had gonads. April 23, 2011 The separation of these two breeding modes may be because after splitting, O. savignyi must regenerate its lost limbs, which takes away from its ability to produce eggs and sperm. chemicals released into air or water that are detected by and responded to by other animals of the same species, photosynthetic or plant constituent of plankton; mainly unicellular algae. Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce. Grants DRL 0089283, DRL 0628151, DUE 0633095, DRL 0918590, and DUE 1122742. Chao, S., C. Tsai. structure produced by the calcium carbonate skeletons of coral polyps (Class Anthozoa). During sexual reproduction gametes from different colonies presumably mix. A large change in the shape or structure of an animal that happens as the animal grows. A fish may bite the brittle star into smaller pieces before consuming it, so the ability to lose and regenerate limbs is an advantage. An instance of successful recruitment in the fissiparous brittlestar, Ophiactis savignyi Muller & Troschel, is described and the reasons for its occurrence discussed.J. … a method of feeding where small food particles are filtered from the surrounding water by various mechanisms. The density of O. savignyi depends on space and food available. Reproduction of the ophiuroid Ophiactis resiliens Lyman 1879, a common species in the shallow waters around Australia, was examined over 1 year in two populations near Sydney, New South Wales. at http://www.sms.si.edu/IRLFieldGuide/Ophiac_savign.htm. The macrofauna associated with the bryozoan Schizoporella errata (Walters) in southeastern Brazil. Ecological aspects of ophiuroids from the phytal of S. W. Atlantic Ocean warm waters. Sponge dwelling O. savignyi are better protected from predators and do not have as much environmental pressure as their algae dwelling members. The Animal Diversity Web team is excited to announce ADW Pocket Guides! Individuals produced by fission regenerate into two adult organisms. ADW doesn't cover all species in the world, nor does it include all the latest scientific information about organisms we describe. Sponge dwelling individuals have little response to heterospecific signals. Asexual reproduction is by fragmentation, each portion being the same sex as its parent. (Chao and Tsai, 1995; McGovern, 2002a; McGovern, 2002b; Mladenov and Emson, 1988), Ophiactis savignyi does not have any parental investment.
Notice that males, through asexual reproduction, have advantages at low density, a condition generally associated with patch filling and, hence, post‐colonization. Ophiactis savignyi responds to damage-release alarm signals. O. resiliens had an … at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1690993/. living in sub-Saharan Africa (south of 30 degrees north) and Madagascar. Haas, J. Like other ophiuroids, O. savignyi has arms that are sharply demarcated from the central disk. 86568). Echinoderms 2000: proceedings of the 10th international conference, Dunedin, Vol. [2], O. savignyi has a near cosmopolitan distribution in warm seas. Ophiactis savignyi is also characterized as a deposit feeder, cleaning the outer surface of its habitat and filtering food from the water. Sexual reproduction, in summer and fall, is usually followed by asexual reproduction. When large enough the organism reproduces sexually. the offspring: Reproductive mechanism:Relative amount of But this isn't the only way 0. savi- are beginning to regenerate. Gametogenesis was documented by histological examination of the gonads. O. savignyi is capable of reproducing sexually and asexually through broadcast spawning and fission (Mladenov and Emson 1988). Ophiopluteus larvae are free swimming until they metamorphose into adults. reproduction that is not sexual; that is, reproduction that does not include recombining the genotypes of two parents. "A taxonomic guide to the brittle-stars (Echinodermata, Ophiuroidea) from the State of Paraíba continental shelf, Northeastern Brazil", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ophiactis_savignyi&oldid=826033882, Taxonbars with automatically added original combinations, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 16 February 2018, at 20:39. having a body temperature that fluctuates with that of the immediate environment; having no mechanism or a poorly developed mechanism for regulating internal body temperature. Netherlands: Aa Balkema. were examined monthly from February 1991 to January 1992 at Wanlitung, southern Taiwan (22°N; 120°E). Ophiactis savignyi is found in the Pacific, the Atlantic Oceans, the Persian Gulf, and the Mediterranean Sea. This has led to the hypothesis that Ophiactis savignyi may be exhibiting learned behavior. Author information: (1)Department of Biological Science, Florida … Used mainly by aquatic invertebrates, especially plankton, but also by baleen whales. (; McGovern, 2002b; McKeton and Wood, 2006), The tropical brittle star, O. savignyi, is not considered endangered. found in the oriental region of the world. Detritus is the result of the activity of decomposers (organisms that decompose organic material). Numbers are greater in sponges than in algal turf, probably because sponges provide a better refuge against predators. Morgado, E., M. Tanaka. These brittle stars are tiny - only an inch or two across with arms In other words, India and southeast Asia. Hendler, G., J. Miller, D. Pawson, P. Kier. Marine Biology, 15: 316-328. (Chao and Tsai, 1995; Hendler, et al., 1995; McGovern, 2002a; McGovern, 2002b; McKeton and Wood, 2006; Mladenov and Emson, 1988; Stohr and Hansson, 2009). Ophiactis savignyi will also situate itself at the base of the excurrent pore of a sponge to collect food particles. It raises the tips of its arms to detect food particles, rolls any nutritious items into a ball and moves them to the mouth, manipulating them by means of the tube feet. Marine Biology, 124: 77-83. having a worldwide distribution. Examination of the stomach contents showed the remains of bryozoans, foraminiferans and gastropod among the large quantities of detritus and grains of sand that this brittle star had ingested. Additional support has come from the Marisla Foundation, UM College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, Museum of Zoology, and Information and Technology Services. [7], In Hawaii, this brittle star is often to be found living in association with a sponge such as Lissodendoryx schmidti (previously Damiriana hawaiiana). Mladenov, P., R. Emson. Sexual reproduction involves the liberation of sperm and eggs into the sea and the development and eventual settlement of planktonic larvae. 511-517 SEX-RATIO BIAS AND CLONAL REPRODUCTION IN THE BRITTLE STAR OPHIACTIS SAVIGNYI TAMARA M. MCGOVERN' Department of Biological Science, Florida State … Sexual reproduction is followed by asexual reproduction via fission. The Animal Diversity Web is an educational resource written largely by and for college students. Contributor Galleries Reproductive Regularity Many types of cactus have predictable reproduction times, reliably flowering once a year. Fission takes place at any time of year but mostly occurs between July and December. 86568). Negative phototaxis and damage-release alarm signals are also evolved characteristics to escape predators. April 23, 2011 Majer, A., J. Trigo, L. Duarte. McGovern, T. 2002. "Ophiactis savignyi" (On-line), Animal Diversity Web. (Boffi, 1972; Chao and Tsai, 1995; McGovern, 2002a; McGovern, 2002b; McKeton and Wood, 2006), Sexual maturity of O. savignyi appears to depend on size. Ecol., 1984, Vol. see also oceanic vent. Roy, M., R. Sponer. Divide students into pairs.2. Animals with bilateral symmetry have dorsal and ventral sides, as well as anterior and posterior ends. used loosely to describe any group of organisms living together or in close proximity to each other - for example nesting shorebirds that live in large colonies. They are v-shaped and have a crystalline skeleton with curving ciliated bands for feeding. Ophiactis savignyi acts as a detritivore and recycles dead plankton, bacteria, small crustaceans, and invertebrates. the area in which the animal is naturally found, the region in which it is endemic. It is present in the western Indo-Pacific region, the eastern Pacific Ocean, and on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. helps break down and decompose dead plants and/or animals, uses smells or other chemicals to communicate. Information on the locomotion specifically of O. savignyi was not found. (Boffi, 1972; Chao and Tsai, 1995; McGovern, 2002a; McGovern, 2002b; McKeton and Wood, 2006; Roy and Sponer, 2001), This brittle star forms colonies made of asexually produced clones, and the occasional sexually acquired recruit. (Hendler, et al., 1995; Majer, et al., 2009; McGovern, 2002a), Ophiactis savignyi is detritophagous, i.e., it feeds mainly on small particles of detritus. The species was separated by the isthmus until humans opened it with the Panama Canal. Examination of the stomach contents showed the remains of bryozoans, foraminiferans and gastropod among the large quantities of detritus and grains of sand that this brittle star had ingested. Patterns of sexual and asexual reproduction in the brittle star Ophiactis savignyi in the Florida Keys. Search in feature Other ophiuroids move by pulling themselves along with their flexible arms. Re­pro­duc­tion. (On-line). Also an aquatic biome consisting of the ocean bottom below the pelagic and coastal zones. In the Caribbean it inhabits at least ten species of sponges. Because they depend on symbiotic photosynthetic algae, zooxanthellae, they cannot live where light does not penetrate. The (usually) six arms are long, slender and tapering, and are composed of many segments with joints between them. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 42: 181-194. It is found in all the zones of reefs, in mangrove habitats, in seagrass meadows, among seaweeds and in contaminated waters, and is often found living inside sponges, possibly as a commensal. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 230:119–126 Google Scholar Mladenov PV, Emson RH (1988) Density, size structure and reproductive characteristics of fissiparous brittle stars in algae and sponges: evidence for interpopulational variation in levels of sexual and asexual reproduction. the kind of polygamy in which a female pairs with several males, each of which also pairs with several different females. Ophiactis savignyi dominates sponge habitats and competes with other brittle stars for space. In both sexes the gametes of one or both of the newly divided brittle stars are reabsorbed. The stomach typically contains foraminiferans, bryozoans, organic detritus, and small gastropods. (Hendler, et al., 1995; McKeton and Wood, 2006). 1st edition. This brittle star shelters itself in various subtropical marine and tropical marine habitats, including rubble, algae, corals, sponges, reefs, mangrove areas, ship hulls, and sea grasses like turtle grass. body of water between the southern ocean (above 60 degrees south latitude), Australia, Asia, and the western hemisphere. There were more mature individuals in populations in which Fecundity and possible mode of development of some deep-sea ophiuroids. When !ssion happens, the brittle star fractures down the middle of its disk, creating two identical 3-armed brittle stars. This difference may be due to a greater investment in gonad mass by females. Sponges that O. savignyi inhabit include Haliclona species, Tedania ignis, Scopalina ruetzleri, and Amphimedon viridis. In otherwords, Europe and Asia and northern Africa. Asexual reproduction occurs by voluntary splitting down the organism's central disc, producing two halves, which regenerate into two functioning organisms; this and predation accounts for odd number of limbs found in some individuals. Synapomorphy of the Bilateria. animals which must use heat acquired from the environment and behavioral adaptations to regulate body temperature, fertilization takes place outside the female's body. Evolution, 56(3), 2002, pp. BRITTLE STAR (Ophiactis savignyi)Peer into the hole of a sea sponge and you may catch a glimpse of “the world’s most common brittle star,” Ophiactis savignyi. [3] The populations in the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans were only united when the Panama Canal was cut across the Isthmus of Panama in 1914. Ophiactis savignyi is a deposit feeder and a scavenger, feeding on the detritus that accumulates on the sea bed. 2001. 800), and seagrass Halimeda (Ref. Size thresholds for sex-ual maturity are … Dans le premier cas un nuage de semence comprenant des gamètes mâles et femelles est libéré, cela permet le développement d'une larve planctonique qui deviendra une ophiure après plusieurs stades larvaires. Evidence of an alarm signal in Ophiuroidea (Echinodermata). eats mollusks, members of Phylum Mollusca. Using a variety of methods, I detected evidence of plastic allocation to asexual (clonal) reproduction in response to mate availability in the brittle star Ophiactis savignyi. Other than providing food for species of fish, shrimp, and crab, the species at times occludes the excurrent siphon of sponges, which is potentially harmful. living in the Nearctic biogeographic province, the northern part of the New World. Accessed at http://www.thecephalopodpage.org/MarineInvertebrateZoology/Ophiactissavignyi.html. [3], Ophiactis savignyi is a deposit feeder and a scavenger, feeding on the detritus that accumulates on the sea bed. The oral surface is lighter than the aboral surface. In Harrington Sound, a sponge colony was found with an all male sex ratio that supports this hypothesis. Proceedings of the Royal Society - Biological Sciences, 269: 1017-1023. Washington and London: Smithsonian Institution Press. 2009. Details regarding sexual reproduction of this species are unstudied. "Marine Invertebrates of Bermuda" Sampling the brittle stars throughout the year resulted in finding that 48% of the individuals inspected were in the process of regeneration. Ophiactis savignyi displays a difference in sex ratio that results in a higher proportion of males than females. This brittle star is a suspension feeder using its tube feet to catch small particles and moving them toward its mouth. Ophiactis savignyi là tên của một loài sao biển thuộc họ Ophiactidae.Nó thường sinh sống ở vùng biển nhiệt đới và cận nhiệt đới ở khắp các đại dÆ°Æ¡ng trên thế giới.Vào năm 1842, hai nhà động vật học người Đức Johannes Peter Müller và Franz Hermann Troschel đã mô tả loài sinh vật này. Often individuals split to produce two new individuals. (Hendler, et al., 1995; McKeton and Wood, 2006; Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce, 2010; Stohr and Hansson, 2009), Sexual reproduction results in planktonic ophiopluteus larvae that have bilateral symmetry. Vitellogenesis in females and spermatocyte proliferation in males started in February and March. When O. savignyi reaches a large enough size, at least a 3.0 mm disc, it begins to spawn sexually. BRITTLE STAR (Ophiactis savignyi)Peer into the hole of a sea sponge and you may catch a glimpse of “the world’s most common brittle star,” Ophiactis savignyi. Wood. McKeton, K., J. This includes Greenland, the Canadian Arctic islands, and all of the North American as far south as the highlands of central Mexico. 307-311 in M Barker, ed. In other words, Central and South America. (Compare to zooplankton.). This brittle star is also able to detect very dilute concentrations of amino acids, and vitamins, which allows it to detect food and predators. Small, immature individuals (disc diameter under 4 millimetres (0.16 in)) usually have six arms and can split themselves in two and then regenerate the missing parts of the disc and arms, often ending up with five arms. living in the northern part of the Old World. (Boffi, 1972; Hendler, et al., 1995; McGovern, 2002a; McKeton and Wood, 2006; Morgado and Tanaka, 2001; Schoener, 1972), No information on the lifespan was found. Mature gametes were found from March to December, but release was mainly in May and June. Scientia Marina, 65 (3): 173-181. BRITTLE STAR (Ophiactis savignyi ) Peer into the hole of a sea sponge and you may catch a glimpse of Òthe worldÕs most common brittle star,Ó Ophiactis savignyi. "Ophiactis savignyi (Müller & Troschel, 1842)" The animal's color ranges from mixes of green, brown, white, yellow, and cream. Bottom habitats in the very deepest oceans (below 9000 m) are sometimes referred to as the abyssal zone. It actually splits in half to reproduce. In this study, I demonstrate that males of the clonal brittle star Ophiactis savignyi were significantly more likely to divide than females and that the magnitude of this difference was sufficient to explain the consistent and significant Jason Haas (author), University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Phil Myers (editor), University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Renee Mulcrone (editor), Special Projects. Sexual spawning may result in long-distance colonization of sponges and algae by brittle stars and would also account for the unusual sex ratio; a single organism can generate an entire colony. McGovern, T. 2002. National Science Foundation The brittle stars Ophiactis savignyi and Ophiothela mirabilis are documented for the first time from French Guiana. Mladenov, P.V. [2], This brittle star occurs from the intertidal zone down to about 500 metres (1,640 ft). a form of body symmetry in which the parts of an animal are arranged concentrically around a central oral/aboral axis and more than one imaginary plane through this axis results in halves that are mirror-images of each other. When fission happens, the brittle star breaks down the middle of its disk to make two … the other ecologists in your class to draw general conclusions about each method of reproduction. 2009. Ophiactis savignyi is a species of brittle star in the family Ophiactidae, commonly known as Savigny's brittle star or the little brittle star. O. savignyi takes the ability to regenerate one step further and actually splits in half in order to reproduce. It occurs in the tropical and subtropical parts of all the world's oceans and is thought to be the brittle star with the most widespread distribution. A large individual suspension feeds by raising its arms into the water column. It also is capable of regenerating them. Little brittle star (Ophiactis savignyi). having the capacity to move from one place to another. The oral surface of the central disc contains one to three oral papilliae that are flat and scaly. Found on all continents (except maybe Antarctica) and in all biogeographic provinces; or in all the major oceans (Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific. Hand each pair:The » Investigating Reproductive. (On-line). Examples are cnidarians (Phylum Cnidaria, jellyfish, anemones, and corals). Algae that O. savignyi inhabit include Hypnea species. A divergence in response time to chemical alarm signals occurs between algae and sponge dwelling individuals of the species. Help us improve the site by taking our survey. The populations studied were close to each other. ; Emson, R.H. (1988). Sea Stars, Sea Urchins, and Allies Echinoderms of Florida and the Caribbean. Fill in the table below with information for each organism you have been assigned. Marine Biodiversity Records, 2: e102. an animal that mainly eats decomposed plants and/or animals. These stars then grow new arms from their empty arm-spaces. McGovern T (2002) Patterns of sexual and asexual reproduction in the brittle star Ophiactis savignyi in the Florida Keys. (On-line). Humans may have contributed to the dispersal of O. savignyi, especially in the western and eastern populations around the Isthmus of Panama. Accessed Each sex scat­ters its ga­metes in the water col­umn. Sex-ratio bias and clonal reproduction in the brittle star Ophiactis savignyi. O. savignyi takes regeneration a step further. Accessed It raises the tips of its arms to detect food particles, rolls any nutritious items into a ball and moves them to the mouth, manipulating them by means of the tube feet. La reproduction peut être sexuée ou asexuée. The ADW Team gratefully acknowledges their support. Many offspring eaten. The polyps live only on the reef surface. This species also exhibits negative phototaxis (move away from light), and senses light from light-sensitive cells in skeletal plates within its dermis. This species has a global distribution in tropical and subtropical regions, and is very abundant. Australian members of this species have a brown disc with bright yellow arms, but the species is usually green or blue. World Register of Marine Species. Inhabits all reef habitats; often lives in sponges (Ref. 0 Carnegiea gigantea Saguaro 77, pp. Individuals dwelling in an algae habitat respond to conspecific (interspecies) and heterospecific (among different species) signals. It is the second largest ocean in the world after the Pacific Ocean. While ADW staff and contributors provide references to books and websites that we believe are reputable, we cannot necessarily endorse the contents of references beyond our control. These brittle stars often seem to have broken or partly regenerated arms. Accessed December 22, 2020 at https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Ophiactis_savignyi/. April 23, 2011 These brittle stars are tiny - only an inch or two across with arms (Boffi, 1972; Chao and Tsai, 1995; McGovern, 2002a; McGovern, 2002b; Mladenov and Emson, 1988; Schoener, 1972), Ophiactis savignyi reproduces either through asexual splitting or sexual broadcast spawning. Ophiactis savignyi is more frequent on sponges than algae. 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