PORT PHILLIP BAY


Velvet Seastar 

Petricia vernicina (Lamarck, 1816)

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Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Echinodermata
Class:
Asteroidea
Order:
Valvatida
Family:
Asteropseidae
Genus:
Petricia
Species:
vernicina

General Description

Arms 5, thick, smooth, and with velvet-like surface. Disc and arms deep red. Centre to arm tip up to 8 cm.

Biology

This large sea star is rarely seen and little is known of its biology.

Habitat

Amongst rocks and algae sub-tidally, to depth of 60 m.

Reefs

Distribution guide

Southern Australia.

Species Group

Seastars and allies Sea stars

Depth

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

Water Column

On or near sea floor

Max Size

16 cm

Diet

Omnivore

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Recorded in Australia

Species Code

MoV 2647

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, Velvet Seastar, Petricia vernicina, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 18 Dec 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/7773

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