Ophidiaster ophidianusis commonly referred to as Purple Seastar. Difficulty in the aquarium: There are no reports available yet that this animal has already been kept in captivity successfully. A aquarium size of at least 500 Liter is recommended. Toxicity: Toxic hazard unknown.
The photo was taken in the Mediterranean Sea.
It has five long cylindrical, blunt tipped arms.
Colour: ranging from a bright red, orange to dark purple.
Some individuals have spots along their body.
Small individuals dominated at 5 m depth, intermediate-sized individuals at 10 m and larger individuals were more frequent at 15 m.
Asterias ophidiana de Lamarck, 1816 (synonym)
Ophidiaster aurantius Gray, 1840 (synonym according to Muller and Troschel (1842))
Ophidiaster canariensis Greeff, 1872 (Synonym according to Ludwig (1897))