Ophiolepis superba

Scientific name Ophiolepis superba
Descriptor Clark
Year of description 1915
IUCN category (World) NE
Family Ophiolepididae
Genus Ophiolepis
Ophiolepis superba Ophiolepis superba


Ophiolepis superba is a little salt water echinoderm.

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Who is it?


  • Size
    2.7 - 3 cm
  • Motif
  • Size
    2.7 - 3 cm
  • Motif

How to recognize Ophiolepis superba ?

Ophiolepis superba measures around 2.7 cm. The females are more imposing and some specimens can reach 3 cm. This echinoderm is bicolore with a predominantly beige body. The also has marron polygones.

Sexual dimorphism

The female is bigger than the male.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
    omnivorous with carnivorous tendency
  • Sociability
  • territorial
  • Way of living

Ophiolepis superba is an echinoderm solitary naturally found on the bottom. This species is omnivorous with carnivorous tendency . Measuring only a few centimeters, this small species tends to be discreet and hide in the presence of larger neighbors.

n general, this species does not care much about other animals crossing its path.


  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui pond en eau libre
    • Active sexual selection

Ophiolepis superba is an echinoderm ovipare qui pond en eau libre.

Risks for humans

  • Venomous

Where to find it?

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What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    25 - 29 °C
  • Depth
    1 - 30 m

Biotope presentation

Ophiolepis superba is most often found at a depth between 1m and 30m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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Bibliographic references

Guide des etoiles de mer, oursins at autres echinoderms du lagon de Nouvelle-Caledonie. - A. Guille - C. Vadon - Orstom - 1986. Les ophiurides

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