Luidia maculata   Müller & Troschel, 1842

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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | CoL | ITIS | WoRMS

Asteroidea | Paxillosida | Luidiidae

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

Reef-associated; depth range 0 - 512 m (Ref. 106682).  Tropical

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

Indo-Pacific. Tropical to subtropical.

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm Max length : 60.0 cm WD male/unsexed; (Ref. 129602)

Short description Morphology

A large-sized starfish with seven to nine arms, eight being the most common. Aboral surface usually yellowish-brown, with four to six distinctive dark blotches on the arms. Central disc is very small, and long arms are tapered to a pointed end. Body surface is densely covered by abactinal paxillae, also having small sharp spines along the two sides of arms. Ambulacral groove is with two rows of tube feet that do not retract into the body.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Occurs on soft bottoms, exposed or buried in the sand (Also Ref. 129602) at depths of 0 to 90 m (Ref. 800). Also found on seagrass (Ref. 102259). Carnivorous and feeds on other echinoderms and molluscs (Ref. 800). Swallows prey as a whole, instead of protruding the stomach out to digest a prey (Ref. 125532).

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): 24.2 - 29, mean 28 (based on 1518 cells).
Price category (Ref. 80766): Unknown.