PORT PHILLIP BAY


Seastar 

Nectria pedicelligera Mortensen, 1925

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Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

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

General Description

Arms 5, finger-like. Surface covered with separated "tables" each with small wedge-shaped granules around the edge. Marginal plates with coarse granules. Disc and arms red to orange, sometimes mottled by some lighter tables. Centre to arm tip up to 12 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.

Species Group

Seastars and allies Sea stars

Depth

Shallow (1-30 m)

Water Column

On or near sea floor

Max Size

24 cm

Diet

Carnivore

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Native to Australia

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 pedicelligera, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 29 Jun 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/4844

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