Astralium rhodostomum

Rosemouth starshell
Astralium rhodostomum
Astralium rhodostomum, 1 of 2. Lord Howe Is, NSW, Photo: Andrew Green
Astralium rhodostomum
Astralium rhodostomum, 2 of 2. Lord Howe Is, NSW, Photo: Andrew Green
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Astralium rhodostomum
Astralium rhodostomum



Height similar to width, flat-sided whorls with series of projecting spines along lower edge, shell normally covered in coralline algae, shiny white aperture with mauve tint, ovate operculum with pinkish margin. Length to 3.5 cm.


Max Size: 4 cm

Sea Temperature Range: N/A

Depth: N/A

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 (2.9% 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: Many (13 per transect)

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

Edit by: Andrew Green (GJE TMLA)