PORT PHILLIP BAY


Seastar 

Nectria multispina Clark, 1928

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Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Echinodermata
Class:
Asteroidea
Order:
Valvatida
Family:
Oreasteridae
Genus:
Nectria
Species:
multispina

General Description

Arms 5, finger-like merging with large disc. Surface covered with irregular "tables" each with small granules around the edge, not radiating out from table. Disc and arms red to orange, sometimes mottled by some darker tables. Centre to arm tip up to 10 cm.

Biology

Little is known about the biology of this genus of sea stars from Victoria.

Habitat

Amongst rocks and algae in sub-tidal areas, to depth of 20 m.

Reefs

Distribution guide

Southern Australia, excluding Tasmania, In western and central Victoria.

Species Group

Seastars and allies Sea stars

Depth

Shallow (1-30 m)

Water Column

On or near sea floor

Max Size

20 cm

Diet

Carnivore

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Native to Australia

Species Code

MoV 2640

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, Nectria multispina, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 18 Oct 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/4843

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