PORT PHILLIP BAY


Seastar 

Nectria ocellata Perrier, 1876

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Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

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

General Description

Arms 5, wide at disc tapering to thin tips. Surface covered with separated "tables" each with small wedge-shaped granules around the edge, not radiating out from table. Marginal plates with fine granules. Disc and arms red to orange, sometimes mottled by some lighter and darker tables. Centre to arm tip up to 13 cm.

Biology

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

Habitat

On rocky substrates, to depth of 230 m.

Reefs

Distribution guide

South-eastern 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

26 cm

Diet

Omnivore

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Native to Australia

Species Code

MoV 2638

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 ocellata, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 19 Sep 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/7774

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