Asteroidea | Valvatida
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Benthic; depth range 0 - 91 m (Ref. 81548), usually 0 - 60 m (Ref. 800). Tropical
Indo-Pacific: Maldives to Hawaii and China to Australia.
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Juveniles are found in prop roots of mangroves and gradually inhabit sandy shores, seagrass areas and shoals as they age, where they are buried slightly in the sand. Feeds on some detritus, decaying plant materials and tiny invertebrates (Ref. 800).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
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). Mating behavior: Males mount onto females (Ref. 91292).
Schoppe, S. 2000. (Ref. 800)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
CITES status (Ref. 108899)
Threat to humans
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Estimates of some properties based on models
): 24.5 - 29.1, mean 28.1 (based on 2470 cells).