NZ Mollusca
Phylum: Echinodermata

Astropecten polyacanthus Müller & Troschel, 1842

Astropecten polyacanthus
Whale Bay, Matapouri, Northland, NZ ©predomalpha
Astropecten polyacanthus
Whangaparaoa Peninsula, Auckland, NZ ©predomalpha
Classification: Echinodermata - Asterozoa - Asteroidea - Paxillosida - Astropectinidae - Astropecten
Distribution: Northern North Island to East Cape, NZ and Kermadec Islands. Also widespread in other areas of the Pacific [K.A.]
Notes: 5 straight arms, edged with sharp pointed spines. Intertidal to sublittoral
Some known Localities
  • Whale Bay, Matapouri, Whangarei, Northland, NZ
  • Little Manly Bay, Whangaparaoa, Auckland, NZ
  • Mills, S., Neill, K., Anderson, O., Davey, N. 2017: Extraordinary Echinoderms. A guide to the echinoderms of New Zealand. Version 2, Niwa Guides (p.22)

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