During a Ragged-Tooth Shark dive operation in Sodwana Bay, during which a team of biologists were investigating the movements of Ragged-tooth sharks on the KwaZulu-Natal coast in South Africa, an interesting ophiuroid was found. After the biologists completed the annual deployment and retrieval operation of the shark listening station, the device cover was scraped in the hope to find some interesting little beasts that had settled on the device over the past year. Luck proved to be the order of the day, as an Ophiothrix sp. was found. This little brittlestar is yet to be identified but an update will be posted soon on this site. This just goes to show that when collecting echinoderms, it’s not where you look its knowing what to look for.
Incidental ophiuroid collections
- Written by Jennifer Olbers
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