Saturday, December 7, 2013

Choriaster granulatus Lütken, 1869

Valvatida
Oreasteridae
Choriaster Lütken, 1869
Choriaster granulatus Lütken, 1869

A shallow-water species, seen throughout the Indo-Pacific. Japan, Australia, Indonesia, Philippines and east to the Indian Ocean.

From Lighthouse Bommie, Ribbon Reef #10, Great Barrier Reef. Photo by Richard Ling
Starfish Choriaster granulatus

From Papua New Guinea. Photo by Jan Messersmith
Starfish - Choriaster granulatus - PC162377

From Timur II Bunaken SULAWESI. Image by Bernard DuPont
Granulated Seastar Choriaster granulatus

From Tanjung Kubur, Lembeh Strait, Sulawesi, INDONESIA. Image by Bernard DuPont.
Granulated Sea Star Choriaster granulatus

From Lembeh Strait. Photo by Samuel Chow
Sea Star (Choriaster Granulatus) (30 cm)


From the Philippines. Photo by Arno Enzerink.
Granulated sea star on the ocean floor
Granulated sea star on the ocean floor


From Okinawa Japan. Photo by Paul_(shin.ogata)
カワテブクロ (Choriaster granulatus)


From the Maldives. Photo by Giorgio
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Calliaster baccatus Sladen 1889

Valvatida
Goniasteridae
Calliaster
Calliaster baccatus Sladen 1889

Occurs primarily in South Africa, 1-20 m.  An extensive photo gallery of this species can be found here. 
Cobbled Starfish (Calliaster baccatus)
Image by "Charne" photopixie2
Image by Bernard Picton. 


Friday, December 6, 2013

Thromidia catalai Pope & Rowe 1977

Valvatida
Mithrodiidae
Thromidia Pope & Rowe 1977
Thromidia catalai Pope & Rowe 1977

Occurs widely throughout the central/South Pacific. Hawaii, Japan to New Caledonia, including Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands.  In 35-45 m depths. This, and its sister species are among the world's largest seastars.

This image from the Solomon Islands
Thromidia catalai
Image by Treamy1
For scale...A specimen collected by Dr. David Lane during the 2006 French Santo Biodiversity Expedition.  Read more about it here.   the other image by Yoshinon.hoko in Japan

Evoplosoma claguei Mah et al. 2011

Valvatida
Goniasteridae: Hippasterinae
Evoplosoma Fisher 1906
Evoplosoma claguei Mah et al, 2011

A deep-sea species which feeds on deep-sea gorgonians. Known from CoAxial Cone and Rodriguez Seamount and off Islas Tres Marias in the North Pacific. 730–2405.6 m.
Original description here.