Astropecten polyacanthus   Müller & Troschel, 1842

Brown spotted combstar

Native range | All suitable habitat | Point map | Year 2050
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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | CoL | ITIS | WoRMS

Asteroidea | Paxillosida | Astropectinidae

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Reef-associated; depth range 0 - 222 m (Ref. 106682).  Tropical

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

Southeast Atlantic and entire tropical Indo-Pacific from Red Sea and South Africa to the Hawaiian Islands.

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm Max length : 12.0 cm WD male/unsexed; (Ref. 800)

Short description Morphology

The five arms have blunt and tapered ends that curve slightly upwards. Both oral and aboral sides are flattened, with the aboral disc being slightly convex. Body color varies from greenish-blue, to brownish-gray and dark reddish-brown. This species is characterized by its distinctive laterally projecting rows of spines on the supero-marginal plate.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Buried in the sand during daytime and crawls on the sand to search for food at night. Feeds primarily on bivalves and gastropods and other small invertebrates buried in the sand (Ref. 800).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Members of the class Asteroidea exhibit both asexual (regeneration and clonal) and sexual (gonochoric) means of reproduction. Life cycle: Embryos hatch into planktonic larvae and later metamorphose into pentamorous juveniles which develop into young sea stars with stubby arms.

Main reference References | Coordinator | Collaborators

Schoppe, S. 2000. (Ref. 800)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 130435)

CITES status (Ref. 108899)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans


Human uses

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More information

Common names
Egg development
Mass conversion

Internet sources

BHL | BOLD Systems | CISTI | DiscoverLife | FAO(Publication : search) | Fishipedia | GenBank (genome, nucleotide) | GloBI | Gomexsi | Google Books | Google Scholar | Google | PubMed | Tree of Life | Wikipedia (Go, Search) | Zoological Record

Estimates based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 15.3 - 29, mean 27.4 (based on 2738 cells).
Vulnerability (Ref. 71543): Low vulnerability (10 of 100).
Price category (Ref. 80766): Unknown.