The occurrence of Ophiocnemis marmorata (Echinodermata: Ophiuroidea) associated with the rhizostome medusa Rhopilema hispidum (Cnidaria: Scyphozoa)

  • Govindan Kanagaraj
  • Pithchai Sampath Kumar
  • André C. Morandini
Article

Abstract

The association of scyphomedusae with invertebrates has been long known in the literature; especially with hyperiids amphipods. The association of echinoderms with jellyfish is not common and rarely recorded. We reported the association of the ophiuroid Ophiocnemis marmorata with the rhizostome scyphomedusa Rhopilema hispidum collected in Vellar estuary (on the southeast coast of India). O. marmorata is supposed to be a filter feeding ophiuroid, quite common in soft bottom of shallow waters. The brittle stars possibly seek for food supply, shelter and protection through the association.

Key words

association jellyfish brittle star India 

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© Science Press, Ocean University of China and Springer-Verlag GmbH 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Govindan Kanagaraj
    • 1
  • Pithchai Sampath Kumar
    • 1
  • André C. Morandini
    • 2
  1. 1.Center of Advanced Study in Marine BiologyAnnamalai UniversityPortonovoIndia
  2. 2.Nucleus of Ecology and Social-Environmental Development of Macaé (NUPEM/UFRJ)Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)MacaéBrazil

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