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Phylum Echinodermata > Class Stellaroida > Subclass Ophiuroidea
Tiny colourful brittle stars
Ophiothela danae*
Family Ophiotrichidae
updated Oct 2016

Where seen? These tiny brittle stars are sometimes seen on sea fans, flowery soft corals and other soft corals and cnidarians. A single host can be home to many of these tiny brittle stars. But it requires a keen eye to spot them.

Whole animal about 1cm. 5-6 arms. Arms with colourful bands usually to match the host animal. Central disk also with colourful markings.

On a flowery soft coral colony.
Pulau Sekudu, Jul 05

Changi, Jun 12
On a sea fan.

Changi, Jul 12

Terumbu Pempang Laut, Apr 11
In leathery sea fan.

Cyrene Reef, Dec 08
In asparagus soft coral.

East Coast, Jun 06
On a sea pen.

St. John's Island, Sep 09
On hard coral .

St. John's Island, Aug 08
On a starry leathery soft coral.

Pulau Sekudu, May 04
On pencil sea urchin spine.

*Species are difficult to positively identify without close examination.
On this website, they are grouped by external features for convenience of display

Tiny colourful brittle stars on Singapore shores

Photos of Tiny colourful brittle stars for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map

On pencil sea urchin spine.

Cyrene Reef, Feb 16
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.

On flowery soft coral.

Chek Jawa, Jul 16
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.

Pulau Ubin, Dec 12

Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.



  • Lane, David J.W. and Didier Vandenspiegel. 2003. A Guide to Sea Stars and Other Echinoderms of Singapore. Singapore Science Centre. 187pp.
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