Thursday, June 21, 2012

Nidorellia armata (Gray, 1840)

Valvatida
Oreasteridae
Nidorellia
Nidorellia armata (Gray, 1840)

Often referred to as the "chocolate chip" starfish (A common name also applied to Protoreaster nodosus)

Taxonomic info from the World Asteroidea Database. Here. 

Occurs primarily in shallow-water in Baja California, Mexico to the Galapagos.

Image from Baja California. Photo by caretta156
chocolate chip starfish

From Los Frailes, Cabo Pulmo, Baja California. Spines seem to be picked off/worn down. Photo by Hawkfish.
Chocolate chip starfish, Cabo Pulmo, Baja California, Mexico

Another individual from off Isla Espiritu Santo. Photo by tcorbin
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Another from the Sea of Cortez. Photo by sherry_jewelry
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Chocolate Chip Sea Star

From Isla Danzante. Photo by David H. Thompson
Sea star underwater

From Loreto, Mexico. Photo by Captain Kevin
Chocolate chip star

From Cocos Island. Photo by l'herf
Chocolate Chip Sea Star

From the Galapagos. Photo by Steven Bedard
Chocolate Chip Sea Star

another from the Galapagos. Photo by lgooch.
SEA26863PS - Chocolate Chip Starfish

From the Galapagos. Photo by CMontoy
Chocolate Chips

Asterias amurensis Lutken, 1871

Forcipulatida
Asteriidae
Asterias
Asterias amurensis Lutken, 1871

Futher info:  at the World Asteroidea Database

On its introduction to Australia. Here and Here. 

From Williamstown, Melbourne, Victoria (introduced from the North Pacific). Photo by Saspotato
Evil starfish

From Rye, Melbourne, Victoria. Photo by Saspotato.
NPSS

From Mornington, Melbourne, Victoria. Photo by Saspotato
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A pic of an individual from Alaska. Photo by ChrisL_AK
Sea Star

and another from Alaska. Photo by dean.franklin
Asterias amurensis

Here's a pic of an individual from Japan. Photo by TeeeeeeRex
pized possesion

Another form Japan by TokyoMouse
Aqua-World Oarai

Asterias amurensis is sold for sale to be eaten in China. Photo by Domestic Rat
Starfishes, WangFuJing, Beijing

More for sale. Photo by deb-830
Street eats - starfish

and more.. Photo by tsc_traveler
Chinese people do eat anything

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Gomophia egyptiaca Gray, 1840

Valvatida
Ophidiasteridae
Gomophia
Gomophia egyptiaca Gray, 1840


Occurrence:  Throughout the tropical Indo-Pacific

From the Red Sea
Red Sea Starfish, Fury Shoals
Image by JD1001

Sea Star
Image by BBM Explorer

Starfish
Image by Sygnathidae

Starfish close up
Image by Saeed Rashid

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Image by Key of Life

Nardoa variolata (Retzius, 1805)

Valvatida
Ophidiasteridae
Nardoa
Nardoa variolata (Retzius, 1805)

Occurrence: Southwest Indian Ocean

From Mauritus

Mauritian Starfish (Jan 2010)
Image by chris.fogden

starfish
Image by ScottH2010

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Iconaster longimanus Moebius, 1859, the "Iconic" Star

Valvatida
Goniasteridae
Iconaster
Iconaster longimanus Moebius, 1859

Species Occurrence: Central tropical Pacific

Photo by Iain Fraser. Locality unknown.
Seastar

Photos by Arthur Anker, fr. Singapore
Preserved specimen of the "double-star" sea star (Iconaster longimanus)
"Imperfect" Iconaster longimanus

Photo by MerMate. Image taken in Singapore-southern islands
Icon sea star
Another. Same locality. Note the parasitic snail on the disk..
Icon blemish
Icon

Photo by Debby Ng, Hantu Blogger. Image taken in Singapore
Icon seastar
Icon seastar

Photo by Divaholic. Image taken in the Philippines.
Iconaster longimanus

Photo by Ben Naden.
Iconaster longimanus
Iconaster longimanus

by Debby Ng. From Singapore.
Icon seastar
icon seastar

from Yeowatzup. From Singapore
Icon Seastar, Pulau Hantu, Singapore
Icon Seastar, Pulau Hantu, Singapore

Echinaster callosus Marenzeller, 1895

Spinulosida
Echinasteridae
Echinaster
Echinaster callosus Marenzeller, 1895

Occurrence: Indo-Pacific

Photo by Ben Naden. Photo taken at Bagalangit, Calabarzon, Philippines

Echinaster callosus


Photo by Paul Bordin. Photo taken at Puerto Galera, Philippines
Tuberculated Sea Star, Echinaster callosus - Puerto Galera, Mindoro

Echinaster callosus from Six Mile Reef, Sodwana Bay, 4/22/12. Images by Optical AllusionWarty seastar (Echinaster callosus)
Warty seastar (Echinaster callosus)

This specimen of E. callosus with CTENOPHORES!

Petricia vernicina Lamarck 1816

Valvatida
Asteropseidae
Petricia
Petricia vernicina Lamarck, 1816

Occurrence: Southern Australia and New Zealand

by Richard Ling. Image from Beecroft Peninsula, New South Wales, AU
Velvet Sea Star
From La Perouse, Sydney, NSW, AU
Velvet Sea Star

by Saspotato. Image taken in Barwon Heads, Victoria, AU
From Mornington Pier
Hairy Patrick
From Mornington, Melbourne, AU
Hairy Patrick
From Swan Islands, Queenscliff Australia
Anemic Patrick
Image taken at Ricketts Point, Mordialloc, Melbourne, AU
Sleeping Patrick
Image taken at Mornington Pier, Melbourne, AU
Hairy starfish
by Jason Hender. Image taken at Wilsons Prom, Tidal River, Victoria, AU
Taken at Wilsons Prom