PORT PHILLIP BAY


Seastar 

Paranepanthia grandis (Clark, 1928)

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Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Echinodermata
Class:
Asteroidea
Order:
Valvatida
Family:
Asterinidae
Genus:
Paranepanthia
Species:
grandis

General Description

Arms 5, arm rays merge with disc creating a webbed appearance, pentagonal. Surface covered with tufts of fine spinelets. Body and arms typically uniform red or pink or orange, sometimes with red blotches. Centre to arm tip up to 7 cm.

Biology

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

Habitat

Under and amongst rocks and algae, to depth of 40 m.

Reefs

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

14 cm

Diet

Carnivore

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Native to Australia

Species Code

MoV 2657

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, Paranepanthia grandis, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 16 Dec 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/4705

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