Ophiurina

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Ophiurida
Ophiura ophiura.jpg
Ophiura ophiura
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Echinodermata
Subphylum: Eleutherozoa
Class: Ophiuroidea
Order: Ophiurida
Suborder: Ophiurina
Müller & Troschel, 1840
Infraorders

see text.

Ophiurina are a suborder of brittle stars containing the majority of living brittle star species.

Systematics[edit]

There is currently no consensus as to the subdivision of the Ophiurina (traditionally, the infraorders have been treated as suborders). It contains the genera Amphiura, Amphipholis, and Ophiacantha.

The suborder has been divided into the following recent infraorders and families

[1]

Hemieuryalina

Chilophiurina

Gnathophiurina

Ophiodermatina

References[edit]

  1. ^ Smith, A.B.; Paterson, G.L.J., Ophiuroid phylogeny and higher taxonomy: morphological, molecular and palaeontological perspectives. Zool. J. Linn. Soc. 114 (1995)