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|Abundance: very common||Distribution:
inner to outer
shelf (10-50 m)
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The 3 specimens depicted here may represent 1 to 3 different species of Ophiothrix.
Numerous small members of the genus Ophiothrix are
common on the southeast U.S. continental shelf. They
are found living among coral and rock rubble.
This specimen may be O. orstedii. It has a flower-like lobed disk.
Dorsal (left, above) and ventral views of a juvenile specimen, with a disk approximately 0.4 cm wide.
Thin, elongate tube feet can be seen extending from
the lower two arms in this photo.