Amphiura chiajei Forbes, 1843, Forbes, 1843

Rodrigues, Clara F., Paterson, Gordon L. J., Cabrinovic, Andrew & Cunha, Marina R., 2011, Deep-sea ophiuroids (Echinodermata: Ophiuroidea: Ophiurida) from the Gulf of Cadiz (NE Atlantic), Zootaxa 2754, pp. 1-26: 14-15

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Amphiura chiajei Forbes, 1843


Amphiura chiajei Forbes, 1843  

Material examined. Mercator MV, TTR 15, stn AT 569, 1 ind. ( DBUA 001069.01), stn AT 576, 15 inds. ( DBUA 001069.02), stn AT 577, 2 inds. ( DBUA 001069.03); Kidd MV, TTR 14, stn AT 560, 1 ind. ( DBUA 001070.01).

Ecology and distribution. Amphiura chiajei   has been recorded from the Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean, and from West Africa; it is usually a shelf species but has been recorded from a depth of 1200 m ( Paterson 1985). This species is reported as living buried in muddy sand, extending its arms above the surface of the sediments to feed on deposited material. In the Gulf of Cadiz it was collected from soft mud breccia in the crater of Mercator and Kidd mud volcanoes within its known bathymetric range ( Fig. 7 View FIGURE 7 A).


Zoological Collection of the Biology Department, University of the Azores