Gephyreaster swifti (Fisher, 1905)
gunpowder star
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Family:  Goniasteridae ()
Max. size:  42 cm WD (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthic; marine; depth range 11 - 344 m
Distribution:  Pacific Ocean: Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands to Canada.
Biology:  Found on rock and sand (Ref. 93256). 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: 
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Entered by: Pan-Saniano, Marianne - 11.12.05
Modified by: Pan-Saniano, Marianne - 15.03.17

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