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Codes for Australian Aquatic Biota (CAAB) Taxon Report

Animalia (kingdom)  »  Echinodermata (phylum)  »  Asteroidea (class)  »  Valvatida (order)  »  Asterinidae (family)

CAAB Code: 25 140027 show as JSON
Scientific Name
and Authority

Meridiastra gunnii   (Gray, 1840)

Rank: Species
CAAB category: 25 - Echinodermata Echinoderms (seastars, sea urchins, crinoids, etc.)
Family: 25 140 Asterinidae (seastars) - show full list
Common Name: [a seastar]
Organism Type: a seastar
Synonyms: Patiriella gunnii Patiriella brevispina
Taxon lists: Current Australian list:
Commercial species list:
Standard Fish Names List:
Habitat: Marine unspecified
Parent Codes: 25 140909     Meridiastra spp.
Scientific Name Notes:This species, with its' distinctive deep purple to brownish crimson colour and orange tube feet, was previously known as Patiriella brevispina. O'Loughlin, Waters & Roy (2003) showed that the older name Patiriella gunnii is conspecific with P. brevispina, and has priority. The species previously known as Patiriella gunnii was shown to actually be three separate species which have all been described as new. O'Loughlin & Waters, 2004 placed the whole group into the genus Meridiastra.

Name status: accepted    Checked on: 2019-11-21
View at Atlas of Living Australia
MoV 1685
Name status: accepted    Checked on: 2022-06-23
View at WoRMS    - also at Ocean Biodiversity Information System (OBIS) (report and map of occurrences)
Record source: O'Loughlin, P.M., Waters, J.M., Roy, M.S., 2003. A molecular and morphological review of the asterinid, Patiriella gunnii (Gray) (Echinodermata: Asteroidea)., Memoirs of Museum Victoria, Vol. 60(2): 181-195.
Scientific Name
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O'Loughlin, P.M., Waters, J.M., 2004. A molecular and morphological revision of genera of Asterinidae (Echinodermata: Asteroidea)., Memoirs of Museum Victoria, Vol. 61(1): 1-40.
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