PORT PHILLIP BAY


Feather Star 

Euantedon paucicirra Clark, 1928

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Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Echinodermata
Class:
Crinoidea
Order:
Comatulida
Family:
Antedonidae
Genus:
Euantedon
Species:
paucicirra

Other Names

  • Crinoid

General Description

Like Antedon, this species has a mouth that is positioned centrally on the disc with the anal cone positioned to one side, 10 arms, and the plump gonads start on the third pinnule from the mouth. This is a suspect "species" characterised by its relatively long cirri (with 17-26 segments) compared to Antedon species (14 segments), however, cirri and arm dimensions are now known to vary with environmental factors. Colour purple with faint banding on the arms. Arms up to 4 cm long.

Habitat

In depths of 1-10 m.

Reefs

Distribution guide

Only reported from St Vincents Gulf, South Australia, and in Victoria from Port Phillip and Wilsons Promontory.

Species Group

Seastars and allies Feather stars

Depth

Shallow (1-30 m)

Water Column

On or near sea floor

Max Size

4 cm

Diet

Plankton or Particles

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Native to Australia

Species Code

MoV 2671

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, Euantedon paucicirra, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 19 Aug 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/6589

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