PORT PHILLIP BAY


Seastar 

Aquilonastra scobinata (Livingstone, 1933)

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Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Echinodermata
Class:
Asteroidea
Order:
Valvatida
Family:
Asterinidae
Genus:
Aquilonastra
Species:
scobinata

General Description

Arms 5, arm rays merge with disc, usually slightly asymmetrical in shape. Disc and arms dark brown to grey-brown to cream, with some dark flecking. Centre to arm tip up to 2 cm.

Biology

This little seastar is rarely seen.

Habitat

Under-surface of rocks in shallow waters, to depth of at least 10 m.

Reefs

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

South-eastern Australia, including western and central Victoria.

Species Group

Seastars and allies Sea stars

Depth

Shore (0-1 m)
Shallow (1-30 m)

Water Column

On or near sea floor

Max Size

4 cm

Diet

Carnivore

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Native to Australia

Identify

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Not listed
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Not listed

Author

article author O'Loughlin, P. M.

Mark O'Loughlin is an Honorary Associate in marine invertebrates at Museum Victoria.

citation

Cite this page as:
O'Loughlin, P. M., 2011, Seastar, Aquilonastra scobinata, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 21 Sep 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/4689

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