Australian Biological Resources Study

Australian Faunal Directory


Regional Maps


Compiler and date details

July 2012 - Tim O’Hara, Museum Victoria

F.W.E. Rowe & J. Gates, Australian Museum, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (1995) Updated (2001) by Tim O'Hara, Museum Victoria, Carlton, Victoria, Australia


The Acanthasteridae are a small family of only one genus, known from the Indo-Pacific region and Panamic waters. Two species are recorded in Australian waters.

The family is distinguished from others within the order Valvatida by the following combination of character states: arms many; madreporites numerous; pedicellariae upright, two-jawed; skeleton reticulate; interbrachial septa well-developed; ampullae double.


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
15-Sep-2023 04-Dec-2012 MODIFIED
12-Feb-2010 (import)