Ophionereis schayeri, Adelaide,SA, Photo: Graham Edgar
Greyish brown disc with white spots, and snake-like arms with alternate dark grey (sometimes black), light grey and cream bands; it shows little variation in colour pattern. This is the most commonly seen large brittle star and is abundant under large flat rocks in shallow water.
Max Size: 30 cm
IUCN Threat Status: Not Evaluated
Occurrence: Infrequent (4% of sites)
Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution.
It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed
Abundance: Few (3 per transect)
Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.
Edit by: GJ Edgar. 2008. Australian Marine Life. New Holland, Sydney