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

Size: Distance from the centre of the mouth to the tip of the arm (R) = 65 mm.

Adult form pentagonal; arms not discernible. Abactinal plates in an open reticulum providing spaces for pore zones. Poriferous areas usually interconnected or rarely separated only narrowly by the secondary plates. Abactinal spines small and tubercle-like, scattered on the abactinal plates and in the pore areas. Oral surface flat, covered by flat granules. Supero- and inferomarginal plates not distinct.

Synonym (s)
Culcita novaeguineae Mueller and Troschel, 1842
Culcita novaeguineae var. plana James, 1969
Culcita novaeguineae Clark and Rowe, 1971
Anthenea spinulosa (Gray, 1847)
Culcita pentagularis Gray, 1847
Culcita pentangularis Gray, 1847
Goniaster multiporum Hoffman in Rowe, 1974
Randasia granulata Gray, 1847
Hippasteria philippinensis Domantay & Roxas, 1938

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Benthic


• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA (Record: 24/12/1979)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, North Reef Island INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA (Depth: 0-15 mts)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Tikadar, BK; Daniel, A and Subbarao, NV (1986) Sea shore animals of Andaman and Nicobar Islands The Director, ZSI, Kolkatta 188 Available at - ZSI, Pune
  • 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
  • Rao, GC; Rao, DV and Devi, K (1994) A faunal exploration of the North Reef Island sanctuary, North Andaman Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 10(1&2) 68-81 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • 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 -
  • Rao, GC (1991) Distribution of plants and animals on the rocky sea shores of Andaman and Nicobar Islands Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 7(2) 30-42 Available at - NIO, Goa

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