Summary

This specimen with the common name 'Monkey Brittle Star' was collected on the 2017 'Sampling the Abyss' voyage. While this specimen was collected from over 4000 metres in the Flinders Commonwealth Marine Reserve off North-Eastern Tasmania, the species is actually found across the globe from Siberia in the north to Antarctica in the south. The beautiful curled arms, reminiscent of the 'Barrel of Monkeys' childrens game from the 1960s, give it its common name.

Specimen Details

  • Taxon Name

    Amphiophiura bullata

  • Author and date of publication

    (Thomson, 1877)

  • Preferred Common name

    Monkey Brittle Star

  • Other Common Names

    Brittle Star

  • Date Identified

    /05/2017

  • Identified By

    Dr Tim D O'Hara - Museum Victoria

  • Number Of Specimens

    1

  • Specimen Nature

    Whole wet ethanol 95% ethanol 95%

  • Expedition Name

    IN2017_V03 - Sampling the Abyss

  • Collected By

    O'Hara et. al IN2017 V03 abyss Marine Invertebrates Team

  • Collection Event Code

    IN2017 V03 015

  • Sampling Method

    Beam Trawl - CSIRO Four Metre

  • Date Visited From

    20/05/2017 11:39 PM

  • Date Visited To

    21/05/2017 12:44 AM

  • Depth To (m)

    4139

  • Depth From (m)

    4114

  • Category

    Natural Sciences

  • Scientific Group

    Invertebrate Zoology

  • Discipline

    Invertebrates

  • Collecting Areas

    Invertebrates

  • Type of Item

    Specimen

Taxonomy

Geospatial Information

  • Site Code

    IN2017 V03 015

  • Country

    Australia

  • State

    Tasmania

  • Precise Location

    Flinders CMR

  • Latitude

    -40.4732;-40.464

  • Longitude

    149.397;149.425

  • Geodetic Datum

    WGS84

  • Georeference Protocol

    data provided with specimen(s)

  • Georeference By

    Dr Tim D O'Hara - Museum Victoria