Fast Facts

Identification:

Five arms rounded in cross-section, tapering to a narrow, rounded point. Aboral surface red-brown with numerous small spinelets appearing as yellow flecks.

Distribution:

Subtropical and temperate, inshore and continental shelf areas from Moreton Bay, Qld, to Ulladulla NSW and possibly Bass Strait; Norfolk Island. Depth range 5-110 m.

Australian Museum registration database records for the Sydney region:

Vicinity of Cronulla (Boat Harbour; Bate Bay). Depth range 24-40 m.

Habitat:

Exposed reef.

Taxonomic information - synonyms and type material:

Echinaster colemani Rowe & Albertson,1987a: 196, figs 1a-b, 2.

Type data: holotype AM J13076, paratypes AM J590, AM J15258-9, AM J16541, AM J13000, AM J13077, AM J9182, AM J10862, AM J13084-5, AM J14137, AM J16534.
Type locality: Bate Bay, off Cronulla, NSW.

Links for further information:

Atlas of Living Australia

World Register of Marine Species

Additional references:

Edgar (1997).