Species Images
Whale Bay, Matapouri, Northland, NZ. inaturalist.nz ©predomalpha
Whangaparaoa Peninsula, Auckland, NZ. inaturalist.nz ©predomalpha
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

Astropecten polyacanthus Müller & Troschel, 1842

Classification:Echinodermata (Phylum) > Asterozoa (Subphylum) > Asteroidea (Class) > Paxillosida (Order) > Astropectinidae (Family) > Astropecten (Genus)
Family:ASTROPECTINIDAE
Distribution:Northern North Island to East Cape, NZ and Kermadec Islands. Also widespread in other areas of the Pacific
Geographical Range:[K.A]
Notes:
5 straight arms, edged with sharp pointed spines. Intertidal to sublittoral
 
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.22)

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