Astropecten polyacanthus   Muller & Troschel,  1842 (Starfish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Asteroidea

Image copyrights: FLMNH

Color: Paxillae vary from cream through grey-green to brown, usually with darker patterning variable in extent and form, periphery is generally white but may darken distally, occasional, or groups of, supero marginal spines may be dark brown basally, white and fawn odorally.

Synonym (s)
Asterias aranciaca Audouin, 1826
Astropecten armatus Muller & Troschel, 1842
Astropecten burbonica Doderlein, 1917
Astropecten chinensis Grube, 1866
Astropecten edwardsi Verrill, 1870
Astropecten ensifer Grube, 1865
Astropecten hystrix Muller & Troschel, 1842
Astropecten samoensis Perrier, 1869

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Benthic, Coastal


• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA (Record: 1963-1970)
• Tamil Nadu, Pamban INDIA
• Red Sea
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Species belonging to porifera in Indian Ocean
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Marine Biological Station, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (2003) Checklist of marine fauna of Tamil Nadu Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Available at -
  • Florida Museum of Natural History Available at -
  • James, DB (1985) Echinoderm fauna of the proposed National Marine Park in the Gulf of Mannar Proceedings of the symposium on endangered marine animals and marine parks Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin, India 1 403-406 Available at -
  • James, PSBR ; Thomas, PA ; Pillai, CSG and Achari Kumaraswamy, GP (1969) ´╗┐Catalogue of types and of sponges, corals, polychaetes, crabs and echinoderms in the reference collections of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 7 1-66 Available at -
  • James, DB. (1983) Sea cucumber and sea urchin resources and Beche-de-mer industry Mariculture potential of Andaman and Nicobar Islands-An indicative survey Bulletin of Central Marine Fisheries Institute CMFRI, Cochin 34 85-93 Available at -
  • Sastry, DRK (2007) Echinodermata of India : An annotated list Records of Zoological Survey of India Occassional paper No. 271 ZSI, Kolkata 1-387 Available at -

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