PORT PHILLIP BAY


Seastar 

Luidia australiae Döderlein, 1920

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Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Echinodermata
Class:
Asteroidea
Order:
Paxillosida
Family:
Luidiidae
Genus:
Luidia
Species:
australiae

General Description

Arms typically 7, long tapering to tip. Disc and arms yellowish, mottled with irregular dark green patches. Centre to arm tip up to 20 cm.

Biology

This sea star is sometimes washed ashore onto beaches after storms.

Habitat

Sea grass and semi-buried in sediments, sometimes on beaches after storms, to depth of 110 m.

Reefs

Soft substrates

Seagrass meadows

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

Southern Australia.

Species Group

Seastars and allies Sea stars

Depth

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

Water Column

On or near sea floor

Max Size

40 cm

Diet

Carnivore

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Native to Australia

Species Code

MoV 2634

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, Luidia australiae, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 23 Jul 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/4839

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