Deep-Water Ophiuroids (Echinodermata) Associated with Anthozoans and Hexactinellid Sponges from Northern Chile

  • Cynthia Lara de Castro Manso
  • Jéssica Prata
  • Juan Francisco Araya


Associations between ophiuroids and sponges or corals are common and well studied among shallow water species. In deep-water communities, such relationships are more difficult to observe because of the difficulty in sampling by traditional methods. In this work, five species of ophiuroids attached to corals and sponges, obtained as bycatch in commercial fishing vessels, were identified. Of the species living on corals, Asteroschema sp. was collected for the first time on the Chilean coast. Of the species from sponges, Ophiacanthella acontophora (Clark, 1911) has its first record for the Southern Hemisphere, and Histampica rugosa H.L. Clark, 1941 has the first record for the southeastern Pacific Ocean.


Ophiuroidea South-eastern Pacific Ocean Biogenic substrate 



We thank Captain Abelino Diaz and the crew of the fishing vessels Juan Antonio I and Rocio III (Caldera, Chile) for his help in preserving the material here studied. We thank Catherine Marbenya and Dr. Martin Lindsey Christoffersen for reviewing the language. We also acknowledge the Biodiversity Heritage Library for making key literature available. J. P. thanks the Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciências Biológicas (Zoologia) of the Universidade Federal da Paraiba for the access to Leica MZ12.5 stereomicroscope, J. P. also acknowledges a Scholarship from Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento do Ensino Superior (CAPES). Finally, we thank the valuable corrections and suggestions from reviewers.

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Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratório de Invertebrados Marinhos, Departamento de BiociênciasUniversidade Federal de SergipeItabaianaBrazil
  2. 2.Programa de Pós-Graduação em Geociências e Análises de BaciasUniversidade Federal de SergipeSão CristóvãoBrazil
  3. 3.Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciências Biológicas (Zoologia), Laboratório de Invertebrados Paulo Young, Departamento de Sistemática e EcologiaUniversidade Federal da ParaíbaJoão PessoaBrazil
  4. 4.Universidad de AtacamaCopiapóChile

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