Species Images
Under a rock at low tide, Karikari Peninsula, Northland, NZ. approx 80mm diameter
Devouring a crab, Karikari Peninsula, Northland, NZ. approx 80mm diameter
Under a rock at low tide, Whatuwhiwhi, Northland, NZ
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Key to 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
E =
Endemic
I =
Introduced

Stegnaster inflatus (Hutton, 1872)

Classification:Echinodermata (Phylum) > Asterozoa (Subphylum) > Asteroidea (Class) > Valvatida (Order) > Asterinidae (Family) > Stegnaster (Genus)
Family:ASTERINIDAE
Distribution:Throughout NZ, 0-35 metres
Geographical Range:[ACF]
Notes:
Inflated Cushion Star. Endemic. 5 arms, hightly coloured and variable, red, orange, pink, yellow, green, and sometimes mottled. Intertidal to shallow subtidal
 
References and Publications:
  • Mills, S., Neill, K., Anderson, O., Davey, N. 2017: Extraordinary Echinoderms. A guide to the echinoderms of New Zealand. Version 2, Niwa Guides (p.25)

Note: Localities are approximate, and represent only some of the known localities for the species.