Asterina burtoni [Status Unaccepted]   Gray,  1840 (Starfish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Asteroidea

Size: Distance from the centre of the mouth to the tip of the arm (R) = very small to 8 mm.

Arms five or more, flat below, somewhat convex above, subequal or 2-3 arms shorter than the rest. Abactinal plates imbricating, covered by short granule-like blunt spinelets. Superomarginals not very distinct from the abactinal plates. Inferomarginals extending beyond the superomarginals, each with a tuft of 6-12 pointed spines. Actinal plates in regular series, each with 3-4 short blunt stout spines. Adambulacrals with four spines arranged in a fan in the furrow and 2-3 stout subambulacral spines. Oral plates with six spines on each side.

Synonym (s)
Asterina coronata Jangoux, 1973
Asterina burtoni Gray, 1840
Asterina burtoni Clark and Rowe, 1971
Asteriscus wega Perrier, 1869

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated


• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA (Record: 05/02/1986)
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA (Record: 14/02/1986)
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Amini INDIA

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