Linckia guildingi (Gray, 1840)

Linckia guildingi
Linckia guildingi
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Wednesday, 18 July 2018
Location: 
Nth Solitary Island
Depth: 
15m
Distribution:

Uncommon in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Distributed throughout the Indo-Pacific region. In Australia recorded from around Perth in Western Australia, across the tropical north to the Northern Territory, in the Great Barrier Reef south to northern New South Wales.

Ecological Notes:

Frequents rocky and coral reefs, from the shallow subtidal to depths of at least 29 m.

Additional Notes:

Colour variable through browns, pinks, olive green or yellow. Has long slender arms and almost no central disc. Distinguished from similar Linckia laevigata by the longer arms and usually a colour other than blue. Grows to 32 cm.

References:

Davie, Peter. Wild Guide to Moreton Bay and Adjacent Coasts. Second Edition. Published by Queensland Museum. Vol 2, p.261.

Neville Coleman, Sea Stars. Echinoderms of the Asia/Indo-Pacific. Neville Coleman's Underwater Geographic Pty Ltd, 2007. p.38.

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

Reef Life Survey website at https://reeflifesurvey.com/species/linckia-guildingi. Accessed 10/10/2018.