Antedon loveni

Lovens feather star
Antedon loveni
Antedon loveni, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith


Temperate Australasia


Similar appearance to A. incommoda but is a more delicate species, and the segments of the cirri are longer than they are broad (unlike those of A.incommoda). The species tends to be patchily distributed among plants and animals on reefs, with high numbers in one area but none in apparently similar habitat nearby.


Max Size: 6 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 10.5-25.6°C

Depth: 0-18m

Habitat Generalization Index: N/A

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Not Evaluated

Occurrence: Infrequent (4.0% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Large aggregations (247 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: GJ Edgar. 2008. Australian Marine Life. New Holland, Sydney