PORT PHILLIP BAY


Seastar 

Fromia polypora Clark, 1916

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Echinodermata
Class:
Asteroidea
Order:
Valvatida
Family:
Ophidiasteridae
Genus:
Fromia
Species:
polypora

General Description

Arms 5, arms with rounded ends. Disc and arms typically yellow or orange or red, with close black speckling. Centre to arm tip up to 11 cm.

Biology

The scientific name of this species relates to the many black sacs (papulae) on the surface which give the sea star its speckled appearance. It occasionally moves into shallow waters.

Habitat

Exposed reefs and sheltered shallow sub-tidal, to depth of 160 m.

Reefs

Distribution guide

Southern and eastern 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

22 cm

Diet

Carnivore

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Recorded in Australia

Species Code

MoV 2649

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, Fromia polypora, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 24 Sep 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/4838

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