- Volume 8 Issue 1
To perform the systematic study on Korean Ophiuroidea the specimens collected from total 92 localities in the Sea of Japan and the Korea Strait during the period from April, 1969 to October, 1991 were classified, As a result, 41 phiuroid species belonging to 18 genera, 8 families, 4 suborders and 2 orders were identified , of which 6 species, namely, Ophiactis brachygenys, Ophiactis modesta, Ophiopholis brachyactis, Amphioda cyclaspis, Amphipholis kichii, Ophionereis eurybrachyiplax have not been reported in Kiorea before. With regard to the distribution of species , 24 species (58.5%) were found only in the Korea Strait, 9 species (22.0%) occurred either in the Sea of Japan and the Korean Strait and 8 species (19.5%) only in the Sea of Japan. Ophiothrix exigua was predominantly collected from 44 localities of total 92 localities examined and also from the Korea Strait, but Ophiura sarsii was the commonest speices in the SEa of Kapn . Eighteen temperature species(43.9%) were found in the greatest number, and then 15 tropical species (36.6%) , 7 boreal species (17.1%) and 1 cosmopolitan species(2.4%) were found.