Species Images
At low tide around rocks, Far North, NZ. Approx. 200-250mm
In a shady crevice at extreme low tide, Tapotupotu Bay, Far North, NZ. Approx. 150mm
In a shady crevice at extreme low tide, Tapotupotu Bay, Far North, NZ. Approx. 150mm
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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
N =
North Island
S =
South Island
E =
Endemic
I =
Introduced
R =
Recent
Sf =
Subfossil
Fo =
Fossil
Phylum: Echinodermata

This is not a Mollusc. Other non-Molluscan Phyla (Echinodermata, Brachiopoda etc) have been included to help identify species that may be mistaken for Mollusca, but actually are not.

Stichaster australis (Verrill, 1867)

Classification:Echinodermata (Phylum) > Asterozoa (Subphylum) > Asteroidea (Class) > Forcipulatida (Order) > Stichasteridae (Family) > Stichaster (Genus)
Family:STICHASTERIDAE
Distribution:Throughout NZ, Chatham and Snares Islands
Geographical Range:ACFMAnE.
Notes:
Reef Starfish. Marine, Endemic. Purple-pink and apricot colour with 11 arms
 
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.20)

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