Asteroidea | Valvatida
Schoppe, S. 2000. (Ref. 800)
Size / Weight / Age
Reef-associated; depth range 0 - 40 m (Ref. 81548)
Climate / Range
Indo-West Pacific: from East Africa to Fiji.
Inhabits reefs at depths of 5 to 40 cm (Ref. 800). Exposed on open substrates (Ref. 102252). Found in sandy habitats, among corals and sponges (Ref. 82802). Feeds on coral polyps and other small invertebrates as well as carrion (Ref. 800). Members of the class Asteroidea exhibit both asexual (regeneration and clonal) and sexual (gonochoric) means of reproduction. Life cycle: Embryos hatch into planktonic larvae and later metamorphose into pentamorous juveniles which develop into young sea stars with stubby arms (Ref. 833).
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 114614)
CITES status (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
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