Meridiastra oriens, Port Stephens, NSW, Photo: Tom Davis
Six-armed shape similar to M. gunnii and two other recently described species, M. medius and M. occidens. It generally has a dark central disk with combinations of two or more colours, including brown, red, cream, green and blue. The species is common under rocks off the southeast coast.
Max Size: 8 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 11.8-23.5°C
Habitat: Coral Reef, 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: Few (3 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