Bellastraea squamifera

Astralium squamiferum
Bellastraea squamifera
Bellastraea squamifera, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Bellastraea squamifera
Bellastraea squamifera, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
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Bellastraea squamifera
Bellastraea squamifera

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Temperate Australasia


Very low shell with outward projections from the whorls, giving it a star-shaped appearance when seen from above. The species is common in estuaries, where it is often found grazing microscopic algae from the surface of seagrass leaves.


Max Size: N/A cm

Sea Temperature Range: 12-23.3°C

Depth: 0-5m

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: Frequent (12.9% 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: Several (8 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