NZ Mollusca
Phylum: Echinodermata

Stegnaster inflatus (Hutton, 1872)

Stegnaster inflatus
Under a rock at low tide, Karikari Peninsula, Northland, NZ, approx 80mm diameter
Stegnaster inflatus
Devouring a crab, Karikari Peninsula, Northland, NZ, approx 80mm diameter
Stegnaster inflatus
Under a rock at low tide, Whatuwhiwhi, Northland, NZ
Classification: Echinodermata - Asterozoa - Asteroidea - Valvatida - Asterinidae - Stegnaster
Family: ASTERINIDAE
Distribution: Throughout NZ, 0-35 metres [A.C.F.]
Notes: Inflated Cushion Star. Endemic. 5 arms, hightly coloured and variable, red, orange, pink, yellow, green, and sometimes mottled. Intertidal to shallow subtidal
Some known Localities
  • Waikato Bay, Karikari Peninsula, Northland, NZ
  • Whatuwhiwhi, Karikari Peninsula, Northland, NZ
  • Whangaparaoa Peninsula, Auckland, NZ
  • South Taranaki, NZ
  • Moa Point, Wellington, NZ
References:
  • Mills, S., Neill, K., Anderson, O., Davey, N. 2017: Extraordinary Echinoderms. A guide to the echinoderms of New Zealand. Version 2, Niwa Guides (p.25)

Note: Localities are approximate, and represent only some of the known localities for the species.