PORT PHILLIP BAY


Feather Star 

Aporometra wilsoni (Bell, 1888)

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Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Echinodermata
Class:
Crinoidea
Order:
Comatulida
Family:
Aporometridae
Genus:
Aporometra
Species:
wilsoni

Other Names

  • Crinoid

General Description

A small species with 10 arms. The mouth is centrally located on the disc and the anal cone displaced to one side. This species differs from Antedon in having long cirri (almost as long as the arms) that are circular in cross section. Arm up to 3 cm long.

Biology

This species is usually found on algae or seagrass in shallow water. Juveniles hatch directly from the pinnules and attach themselves to the adult with their juvenile stalk.

Habitat

Rocky reefs, seagrass beds in moderate to strong currents, in depths of 1-67 m.

Reefs

Seagrass meadows

Distribution guide

Southern Australia.

Species Group

Seastars and allies Feather stars

Depth

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

Water Column

On or near sea floor

Max Size

3 cm

Diet

Plankton or Particles

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Native to Australia

Species Code

MoV 1867

Identify

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Not listed
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Not listed

Author

article author O'Hara, T.

Dr. Tim O'Hara is a Senior Curator of marine invertebrates at Museum Victoria.

citation

Cite this page as:
O'Hara, T., 2011, Feather Star, Aporometra wilsoni, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 30 Mar 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/6588

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