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Taxonomic Checklist
Other non-Molluscan Phyla (Echinodermata, Brachiopoda etc) are being added to the checklist and photo sections of the website. This is to help identify species that may be mistaken for Mollusca, but actually are not.
Class Asteroidea
Order Forcipulatida
Astrostole Fisher, 1923
rodolphi (Perrier, 1875) K.A.
scabra (Hutton, 1872) (=scaber Hutton, 1872) A.C.F.M.An. photo
Coscinasterias (Coscinasterias muricata Verrill, 1867)
muricata Verrill, 1867 A.C.F. photo
Sclerasterias Perrier, 1891
mollis (Hutton, 1872) K.A.C.F.An.
Allostichaster Verrill, 1914
insignis (Farquhar, 1895) C.F.An.E.
polyplax (Müller & Troschel, 1844) (=Tarsaster neozelanicus Farquhar) photo
Stichaster Müller & Troschel, 1840
australis (Verrill, 1867) A.C.F.M.An.E. photo
Order Spinulosida
Echinaster Müller & Troschel, 1840 (Asterias seposita Retzius, 1783)
colemani Rowe & Albertson, 1987
Order Paxillosida
Astropecten Gray, 1840 (Asterias aranciaca Linnaeus, 1758)
polyacanthus Müller & Troschel, 1842 K.A. photo
Psilaster Sladen, 1885 (Astropecten andromeda Mller & Troschel, 1842)
acuminatus Sladen, 1889
Luidia Forbes, 1839
maculata Müller & Troschel, 1842 (=australiae Döderlein, 1920) K.A.
Order Valvatida
Meridiastra O'Loughlin, 2002
mortenseni (O'Loughlin, Waters & Roy, 2002) A.C.F.E. photo
Patiriella Verrill, 1913 (Asterina regularis Verrill, 1867)
regularis (Verrill, 1867) A.C.F.M.E. photo
Stegnaster Sladen, 1889 (Pteraster inflatus Hutton, 1872)
inflatus (Hutton, 1872) A.C.F.E. photo
Asterodiscides A.M. Clark, 1974
truncatus (Coleman, 1911) K.A.
Diplodontias Fisher, 1908 (Pentagonaster dilatatus Perrier, 1875)
dilatatus (Perrier, 1875) C.F.An.E.
miliaris (Gray, 1847) C.F.E.
robustus (Fell, 1953) An.
Eurygonias Farquhar, 1913
hyalacanthus Farquhar, 1913 C.F.An.E.
Pentagonaster Gray, 1840
pulchellus Gray, 1840 (=abnormale Gray, 1840, =elegans Ayres, 1851) A.C.F.M.An.E.
Crossaster Müller & Troschel, 1840 (Crossaster papposus Linnaeus, 1767)
campbellicus McKnight, 1973 F.M.An.
multispinus H.L. Clark, 1916 K.A.C.F.An.
Lophaster Verrill, 1878 (Solaster furcifer Düben & Koren, 1846)
suluensis Fisher, 1913 K.A.E.
Paralophaster Fisher, 1940
hyalinus H.E.S. Clark, 1970 C.F.
Solaster Forbes, 1839 (Asterias endeca Linnaeus, 1771)
notophrynus Downey, 1971 An.
torulatus Sladen, 1889 K.A.C.F.An.E.
Order Velatida
Caymanostella Belyaev, 1974 (Caymanostella spinimarginata Belyaev, 1974)
phorcynis Rowe, 1989 A.C.
Peribolaster Sladen, 1889 (Peribolaster folliculatus Sladen, 1889)
lictor Fell, 1958 F.M.An.E.
Asthenactis Fisher, 1906
australis McKnight, 2006 F.
Diplopteraster Verrill, 1880 (Pteraster multipes Sars, 1866)
hurleyi McKnight, 1973 A.C.F.
otagoensis McKnight, 2006 C.F.E.
Hymenaster Wyville Thomson, 1873
blevgadi Madsen, 1956 K.
carnosus Sladen, 1882 A.C.F.
estcourti McKnight, 1973 A.C.
pullatus Sladen, 1882 A.C.F.
Pteraster Müller & Troschel, 1842 (Asterias militaris O.F. Müller, 1776)
affinis Smith, 1876 An.
robertsoni McKnight, 1973 C.F.An.
Pteraster (Apterodon) Fisher, 1940 (Pteraster stellifer Sladen, 1882)
bathamae Fell, 1958 M.An.E.
obesus H.L. Clark, 1908 K.
stellifer Sladen, 1882 An.
Key to Geographical Ranges
NZ Map showing Geographical Ranges
The symbols K.A.C.F.M.An. are used to indicate the geographical range of the species. They have been adopted to give an approxomation of the range of each species within New Zealand.
K=
Kermadec Islands
A=
Aupourian - Kaipara Harbour, north around North Cape, encompassing the Three Kings Islands and south to East Cape
C=
Cookian - Lower North Island and the northern part of the South Island
F=
Forsterian - Otago, Fiordland and Stewart Island
M=
Moriorian - Chatham Islands, Pitt Island
An=
Antipodean - Subantarctic Islands of New Zealand
Fw =
Freshwater
L =
Land
N =
North Island
S =
South Island
E =
Endemic
I =
Introduced
R =
Recent
Sf =
Subfossil
Fo =
Fossil