Ophiocten gracilis

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2 species of ophiuroid (brittle star) on the seabed at Asterix. The smaller species is likely Ophiocten gracilis, (several specimens collected at the site were identified as O. gracilis) while the larger organism is probably Ophiopleura borealis (although no specimen was collected)

Item Type:Video
Title:Ophiocten gracilis
Identification:Martynov, Alexander
Date:02 March 2008
Copyright:SERPENT Project
Classification:Kingdom Animalia > Phylum Echinodermata (Echinoderms) > Class Ophiuroidea (Brittle stars) > Ophiurida (Brittle Stars) > Ophiuridae
Species:Ophiocten gracilis
Behaviour:These ophiuroids are very common and quite active, contributing to bioturbation as the arms are moved around
Site:Atlantic > Norwegian > Asterix
Site Description:Seafloor
Depth (m):1350
Latitude:5 deg 17' 25" N
Longitude:67 deg 01' 02" E
Countries:Norway > Norwegian Sector
Substratum:deep-sea mud
Rig:Transocean Leader
Project Partners:StatoilHydro, Oceaneering, Transocean
ROV:Magnum 018
Notes:Full resolution footage on DVD
Deposited By:Dr Andrew Gates
Deposited On:17 November 2009

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