Tegulaster ceylanicus   (Doderlein,  1888) (Starfish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Stelleroidea

Color: Rose red

Size: Distance from the centre of the mouth to the tip of the arm (R) = 21 mm;
Distance from the centre of the mouth to the interradial margin (r) = 7 mm.

Arms five, equal, breadth 8 mm at the base, flat below, somewhat raised at the base above. Abactinal plates around the anus small with minute spinelets, surrounded by a circle of larger elongate plates; a small madreporite close to and outside the circle in interradial position. Rest of the abactinal plates on the disc and proximal midradial areas of the arms irregularly arranged with a notch for the papular pores. Arms slightly keeled midradially in the distal half, midradial series with larger plates and lateral series of smaller plates, slightly imbricating. Papulae scattered on the disc, absent in the interradii, in 6-7 series at the base of the arm, only the middle series on either side reaching beyond two-thirds of the arm length. Superomarginals not distinct, slightly rounded, terminal plates larger and distinct. Inferomarginal plates extending beyond the superomarginals, each with a tuft of 6-8 slender spines. Actinal intermediates in regular series closely packed upto the oral plates leaving no naked areas in the interradii; only the series adjacent to the adambulacrals reaching the tip of the arm, each with a single long slender pointed spine slightly bulged at the base. Oral plate with six marginal spines, the innermost the longest, and a single pointed spine on the actinal surface, rarely two on odd plates. Adambulacrals with four, rarely five, furrow spines and two subambulacral spines.

Synonym (s)
Disasterina ceylanicus Doederlein 1888
Tegulaster ceylanicus Clark and Rowe 1971

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Coastal


• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA (Record: 27/12/1979)
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA (Record: 1963-1970)
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Sastry, DRK (1991) Echinodermata: Asteroidea, Ophiuroidea and Echinoidea State fauna series 2: Fauna of Lakshadweep ZSI, Calcutta 363-397 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • 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 - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/2360/1/Article_64.pdf
  • 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 - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/8213/1/Bulletin_No_43.pdf

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