Asteropsis carinifera   (Lamarck,  1816) (Starfish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Asteroidea

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Size: Distance from the centre of the mouth to the tip of the arm (R) = 43-70 mm.

Color: Pale grey with irregular brown markings, uniformly pale grey below.

Arms five, equal, wide at the base, flat below and carinated above. Abactinal plates rounded or rounded quadrangular, in regular longitudinal series, carinal series of plates each with a short blunt spine. Superomarginal plates oval, distinct from the abactinal and inferomarginal plates, extending beyond the inferomarginal plates, each with a single short spine. Inferomarginal plates relatively larger than the superomarginal plates, no inferomarginal spines. Actinal intermediate plates in longitudinal series parallel to the adambulacrals, longest series adjoining the adambulacrals and shortest near the interradical inferomarginals. Adambulacrals with 4-5 furrow spines, the middle ones longer, and a single series of large, flat, chisel-like subambulacral spines.

Synonym (s)
Asterias carinifera Lamarck, 1816
Asteropsis carinifera Liao, 1980
Asterope carinifera Muller & Troschel, 1842
Gymnasteria biserrata von Martens, 1866
Gymnasteria carinifera von Martens, 1866
Gymnasteria inermis Gray, 1840
Gymnasteria spinosa Gray, 1840
Gymnasteria valvulata Perrier, 1875
Gymnasterias carinifera Bell, 1893
Pentaceraster mammillatus Tortonese, 1960

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Benthic, Reef Associated


• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA (Record: 05/04/1984)
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA (Record: 09/02/1986)
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA (Record: 15/02/1986)
• Lakshadweep, Chettalatt INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kilttan INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Sastry, DRK (2002) Echinodermata associated with coral reefs of Andaman and Nicobar Islands Zoological Survey of India ZSI 100(3-4) 21-60 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
  • Florida Museum of Natural History 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 -
  • 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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