Comatella stelligera   (P.H. Carpenter,  1888) (Feather Star)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Crinoidea

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Size: Dorsal pole 4.5 mm in diameter; cirri 20 mm long; arms 80 mm long.

The centro-dorsal is thick discoidal with a flat dorsal pole; cirri 18- 20 in number; thirty- eight arms; the distal edges of the branchials are produced, finely spinous and the distal ends of the elements of division series are prominent, these two features together giving the animal a very rugose appearance.

Synonym (s)
Actinometra maculata Carpenter, 1888
Actinometra notata Bell, 1888
Actinometra stelligera Carpenter, 1888
Actinometra tenax Carpenter, 1879
Antedon bassett-smithi Bell, 1894
Comatella maculata (Carpenter, 1888)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Benthic, Coastal


• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA (Record: 1963-1970)
• Tamil Nadu, Tuticorin INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • 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 -
  • Starfish 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 -
  • 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 -
  • Sealifebase Available at -
  • Clark, AH (1912) The Crinoids of the Natural History Museum at Hamburg The Smithsonian Institution 60(10) 1-33pp Available at - NIO,Goa
  • Clark, AH (1913) Notes on the recent Crinoids in the British Museum The Smithsonian Institute 61(15) 1-89pp Available at - NIO,Goa

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