Nidorellia armata, also known as the chocolate chip star (leading to easy confusion with Protoreaster nodosus), is a species of starfish from warmer parts of the East Pacific, where it ranges from the Gulf of California to northwest Peru, including the Galápagos.[2] It is the only species in the genus Nidorellia. N. armata can be found in tropical waters clinging on corals and rocky reefs; and are sometimes kept as pets in home marine aquariums.

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Nidorellia armata
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Echinodermata
Class: Asteroidea
Order: Valvatida
Family: Oreasteridae
Genus: Nidorellia
J.E. Gray, 1840
N. armata
Binomial name
Nidorellia armata
J.E. Gray, 1840
  • Goniodiscus armata Lütken, 1859
  • Goniodiscus conifer Möbius, 1859
     (synonym sec. Sladen (1889).)
  • Goniodiscus michelini Perrier, 1869
  • Goniodiscus stella Verrill, 1870
  • Nidorellia michelini (Perrier, 1869)
  • Oreaster armatus Müller & Troschel, 1842
  • Pentaceros armatus J.E.Gray, 1840
List source :[1]


  1. ^ C.L. Mah (2010). "Asteroidea taxon details for Nidorellia armata (Gray, 1840)". World Asteroidea Database. Retrieved June 29, 2011.
  2. ^ James, M.J., eds. (1991). Galápagos Marine Invertebrates: Taxonomy, Biogeography, and Evolution in Darwin's Islands. pp. 349. Topics in Geobiology. ISBN 978-1-4899-0646-5

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