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

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