Abrstract: Ophiactis savignyi is as a small, fissiparous brittle star (Sterrer 1986), found throughout the tropics and subtropics (McGovern 2002). O. savignyi inhabits coral reef zones, is found under rocks and can occur in high densities in different sponges (Boffi 1972). O. savignyi is a deposit feeder, using the podia on the oral surface of the arms to collect food particles from the benthos (Ruppert and Barnes 1994). O. savignyi is capable of reproducing sexually and asexually through broadcast spawning and fission (Mladenov and Emson 1988). It appears that larger individuals (disc size over 4mm), possessing 5 arms, undergo sexual reproduction, while smaller individuals (disc size less than 3mm), possessing 6 arms, undergo fission (Mladenov and Emson 1988, Sterrer 1992, McGovern 2002). Those individuals experiencing asexual reproduction will generate new individuals of the same sex, creating clonal aggregations. Studies have shown that O. savignyi populations are dominated by males, suggesting that males undergo asexual reproduction more frequently than females (Mladenov and Emson 1988). Whether O. savignyi reproduces sexually or asexually, there are still energetic costs for either process of reproduction. The most recent research for O. savignyi focuses on the reproductive cycles of this species.