Asteroidea | Valvatida
Collin, R., M.C. Díaz, J. Norenburg, R.M. Rocha, J.A. Sánchez, M. Schulze, A. Schwartz and A. Valdés. 2005. (Ref. 415)
Size / Weight / Age
Benthic; depth range 1 - 37 m (Ref. 83942)
Climate / Range
Atlantic Ocean: USA through the Caribbean to Brazil, Cape Verde to western Africa.
Inhabits Thalassia beds and mangrove channels (Ref. 415, 87194). Known as a potential corallivore, that particularly feeds on Agaricia tenuifolia (Ref. 86570). Members of the class Asteroidea exhibit both asexual (regeneration and clonal) and sexual (gonochoric) means of reproduction. Life cycle: Embryos hatch into planktonic larvae and later metamorphose into pentamorous juveniles which develop into young sea stars with stubby arms (Ref. 833).
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 114614)
CITES status (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
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