Echinaster colemani, Port Macquarie, NSW, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Five long arms, plain red-brown surface colouration and numerous purple papulae. This is one of the rarer large seastars in temperate waters and is generally restricted to deep New South Wales reefs.
Max Size: 28 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 18.8-25.2°C
Habitat: Rocky Reef
IUCN Threat Status: Not Evaluated
Occurrence: Infrequent (2% 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: Solitary (1 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