J24314 Meridiastra oriens Click to enlarge image
J24314 Meridiastra oriens Image: Stephen Keeble
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Fast Facts

Identification:

Flattened hexagonal shape with six indistinct short arms (less than width of central disc), with obtusely rounded webbed divisions between each arm. Aboral surface has a dark combination of brown, red, cream, green and blue.

Distribution:

Rockhampton, Qld continuous to Nuyts Archipelago western SA; Lord Howe Island.; Bass Strait; Tasmania. Depth range: rocks; 0–30 m

Australian Museum registration database records for the Sydney region:

Port Jackson. Depth range not recorded.

Taxonomic information - synonyms and type material:

Patiriella oriens O’Loughlin et al., 2003: 191.
Type data: holotype NMV F92983, paratypes NMV F92984, NMV F92982.
Type locality:Black Reef, Recherche Bay, TAS.

Links for further information:

Atlas of Living Australia

World Register of Marine Species

Additional references:

O’Loughlin & Waters (2004).