Linckia guildingi   Gray,  1840 (Starfish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Asteroidea

Image copyrights: Wirtz, Peter

Size: Distance from the centre of the mouth to the tip of the arm (R) = 140-175 mm.

Color: Uniformly fawn

Arms five, cylindrical, stout and blunt at the tip. Abactinal plates not in regular longitudinal series. Thick granule covering on the actinal and abactinal plates. Madreporite single. Adambulacral plates with flat and chisel-like furrow spines and subambulacral spines in two or three series close to the furrow spines with no intervening actinal granulation.

Synonym (s)
Linckia guildingi Gray, 1840
Linckia laevigata Bell, 1903
Linckia guildingi Clark and Rowe, 1971
Linckia diplax (Muller & Troschel, 1842)
Linckia nicobarica Lutken, 1871
Linckia ornithopus (Muller & Troschel, 1842)
Linckia pacifica Gray, 1840
Ophidiaster diplax Muller & Troschel, 1842
Ophidiaster ehrenbergi Muller & Troschel, 1842
Ophidiaster flaccidus Lutken, 1859
Ophidiaster guildingi Muller & Troschel, 1842
Ophidiaster irregularis Perrier, 1869
Ophidiaster ornithopus Muller & Troschel, 1842
Ophidiaster pacifica (Gray, 1840)
Scytaster stella Duchassaing, 1850

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated


• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA (Record: 05/04/1984, 06/04/1984)
• Bay of Bengal INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Port Blair INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Chettalatt INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Amini INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Sastry, DRK (1991) Echinodermata: Asteroidea, Ophiuroidea and Echinoidea State fauna series 2: Fauna of Lakshadweep ZSI, Calcutta 363-397 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Florida Museum of Natural History 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 -
  • 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 -
  • James, DB (1989) Echinoderms of Lakshadweep and their zoogeography Marine living resources of the union territory of Lakshadweep: An indicative survey with suggestions for development Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI 43 97-144 Available at -

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