This species has previously been known as Patiriella gunnii, a name now applied to the species previously known as Patiriella brevispina. O'Loughlin, Waters & Roy (2003) showed that what was previously called Patiriella gunnii is in fact a complex of three species, now described as P. medius, P. occidens and P. oriens. O'Loughlin & Waters, 2004 placed the whole group into the genus Meridiastra.
Name status: accepted
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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.
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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.