Ophidiaster confertus (H.L. Clark, 1916)

Distribution: 

Common throughout the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Endemic to Australia, from Queensland south to Shellharbour in New South Wales, and at Norfolk and Lord Howe Islands.

Ecological Notes: 

Frequents rocky and coral reefs, rocky shorelines, to a depth of at least 50 m.

Additional Notes: 

Five cylindrical blunt tipped arms, usually brown/orange colouration. Feeds on sessile invertebrates and algae. Grows to about 230 mm diameter.

References: 

Neville Coleman, Sea Stars. Echinoderms of the Asia/Indo-Pacific. Neville Coleman's Underwater Geographic Pty Ltd, 2007. p.42.

Atlas of Living Australia website at https://bie.ala.org.au/search?q=Ophidiaster+confertus. Accessed 11/10/2018.