Asterina (starfish)

Asterina is a genus of asteroideans in the family Asterinidae.

Asterina gibbosa
Asterina gibbosa
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Echinodermata
Class: Asteroidea
Order: Valvatida
Family: Asterinidae
Genus: Asterina
Nardo, 1834[1]
Type species
Asterina gibbosa
(Pennant, 1777)[2]

The species occurring in Australian waters are considered to not be congeneric with the type species A. gibbosa (Pennant, 1777)[2] by Rowe and Gates (1995), and will possibly to assigned to another genus or a new genus. Rowe and Gates (1995) also suggested that Asterina should be restricted to Atlantic waters.[3]



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  2. ^ a b c Pennant, T. (1777). British Zoology. Vol. IV. Crustacea. Mollusca. Testacea. London: Benj. White.
  3. ^ Rowe, F. & Gates, J. (1995). Echinodermata. In Wells, A. (Ed.), Zoological Catalogue of Australia, Volume 33. Melbourne: CSIRO Australia.
  4. ^ a b c d Perrier, E. (1875). Revision de la Collection de Stellerides du Museum d'Histoire Naturelle de Paris. Paris: C. Reinwald.
  5. ^ Clark, H. L. (1923). The echinoderm fauna of South Africa. Annals of the South African Museum, 13, 221–435.
  6. ^ O'Loughlin, P. M. (2009). New asterinid species from Africa and Australia (Echinodermata: Asteroidea: Asterinidae). Memoirs of the Museum of Victoria, 66, 203–213.
  7. ^ Gray, J. E. (1840). A synopsis of the genera and species of the class Hypostoma (Asterias Linnaeus). Annals and Magazine of Natural History, 6, 175–184.
  8. ^ Kœhler, R. (1910). An Account of the Shallow-water Asteroidea. Volume 2. Calcutta: Indian Museum.
  9. ^ a b López-Márquez, V., Acevedo, I., Manjón-Cabeza, M., García-Jiménez, R., Templado, J. & Machordom, A. (2018). Looking for morphological evidence of cryptic species in Asterina Nardo, 1834 (Echinodermata: Asteroidea); the redescription of Asterina pancerii (Gasco, 1870) and the description of two new species. Invertebrate Systematics, 32(3), 505–523.
  10. ^ Gasco, F. (1876). Descrizione di alcuni Echinodermi nuovi o per la prima volta trovati nel Mediterraneo. Rendiconti dell' Academia delle Science Fisiche e Mathematiche, Napoli, 15, 32–41.
  11. ^ Emson, R. H. & Crump, R. G. (1979). Description of a new species of Asterina (Asteroidea), with an account of its ecology. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 59, 77–94.
  12. ^ Verrill, A. E. (1878). Notice of recent additions to the marine fauna of the eastern coast of North America, No. 2. The American Journal of Science and Arts, 3rd series, 16(91–96), 371–378.
  13. ^ Möbius, K. (1859). Neue seesterne des Hamburger und Kieler Museums. Abhandlungen aus dem Gebiete der Naturwissemschaften, 4, 1–14.
  14. ^ Leipoldt, F. (1895). Asteroidea der „Vettor-Pissani-“ Expedition (1882–1885). Zeitschrift für Wissenschaftliche Zoologie, 59, 545–654.

Further readingEdit

  • Clark, A. M. (1993). An index of name of recent Asteroidea – Part 2: Valvatida. In Jangoux, M. & Lawrence, J. (Eds.), Echinoderm Studies (187–366). Volume 4. Rotterdam: A. A. Balkema.
  • Clark, A. M. & Downey, M. E. (1992). Starfishes of the Atlantic. London: Chapman & Hall.