Luidia australiae, Jervis Bay, NSW, Photo: Graham Edgar
Large, conspicuous, seven-armed species that is often first detected by its star-shaped imprint when buried in soft sediment. It has a mottled green and grey upper surface, covered by small plates. It is an active predator, its diet consisting mainly of bivalves and heart urchins.
Max Size: 40 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 17.1-23.7°C
Habitat: Seagrass, Soft sediment
IUCN Threat Status: Not Evaluated
Occurrence: Infrequent (3% 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