NZ Mollusca
Phylum: Echinodermata

Stichaster australis (Verrill, 1867)

Stichaster australis
At low tide around rocks, Far North, NZ, Approx. 200-250mm
Stichaster australis
In a shady crevice at extreme low tide, Tapotupotu Bay, Far North, NZ, Approx. 150mm
Stichaster australis
In a shady crevice at extreme low tide, Tapotupotu Bay, Far North, NZ, Approx. 150mm
Classification: Echinodermata - Asterozoa - Asteroidea - Forcipulatida - Stichasteridae - Stichaster
Family: STICHASTERIDAE
Distribution: Throughout NZ, Chatham and Snares Islands [A.C.F.M.An.]
Notes: Reef Starfish. Endemic. Purple-pink and apricot colour with 11 arms
Some known Localities
  • Tapotupotu Bay, Far North, NZ
  • Scott Point, N end Ninety Mile Beach, Far North, NZ
  • Maori Bay, Muriwai, Auckland, 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.20)

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