Fromia indica (Perrier, 1869)
Indian sea star
photo by Harasti, David

Family:  Ophidiasteridae ()
Max. size: 
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 0 - 44 m
Distribution:  Southeast Atlantic and Indo-West Pacific: South Africa to Australia and Japan.
Diagnosis:   
Biology:  Maximum length of arms: 3.0 cm. Occurs in healthy shallow reef areas at depths of 1 to 25 m (Ref. 800). Members of the class Asteroidea exhibit both asexual (regeneration and clonal) and sexual (gonochoric) means of reproduction. Life cycle: Embryos hatch into planktonic larvae and later metamorphose into pentamorous juveniles which develop into young sea stars with stubby arms (Ref. 833).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:   
 

Entered by: Pan-Saniano, Marianne - 20.03.06

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