Epizoic Ophiothela brittle stars have invaded the Atlantic

@article{Hendler2012EpizoicOB,
  title={Epizoic Ophiothela brittle stars have invaded the Atlantic},
  author={G. Hendler and A. Migotto and C. R. R. Ventura and L. Wilk},
  journal={Coral Reefs},
  year={2012},
  volume={31},
  pages={1005}
}
  • G. Hendler, A. Migotto, +1 author L. Wilk
  • Published 2012
  • Geography
  • Coral Reefs
  • It was thought that ophiuroids of the genus Ophiothela are confined to Pacific waters (Clark 1976). However, animals provisionally identified as Ophiothela mirabilis have founded emergent populations in the Atlantic. Further expansion of the range of Ophiothela could alter the appearance and the ecology of Atlantic coral reef habitats because ophiothelas, in multitudes, densely colonize gorgonians and sponges on Indo-West central Pacific and on tropical eastern Pacific reefs. occurs at several… CONTINUE READING
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