PORT PHILLIP BAY


Seastar 

Bollonaster pectinatus (Sladen, 1883)

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Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Echinodermata
Class:
Asteroidea
Order:
Paxillosida
Family:
Astropectinidae
Genus:
Bollonaster
Species:
pectinatus

General Description

Arms 5, broad base tapering to pointed end. Tufts of spines on marginal plates create a comb-like effect. Disc and arms pink with red markings. Centre to arm tip up to 5 cm.

Biology

This sea star is rarely seen and little is known of its biology.

Habitat

In or on sand, to depth of 280 m.

Soft substrates

Distribution guide

Southern Australia.

Species Group

Seastars and allies Sea stars

Depth

Shallow (1-30 m)
Deep ( > 30 m)

Water Column

On or near sea floor

Max Size

10 cm

Diet

Carnivore

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Native to Australia

Species Code

MoV 2637

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, Bollonaster pectinatus, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 19 Oct 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/4692

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