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 Archasteridae are a small family comprising a single genus from the Indo-Pacific region. Two species are recorded in Australian waters.

Archasterids are superficially like the paxillosid family Astropectinidae but are included in the order Valvatida, being distinguished by the following combination of character states: tube feet with suckered discs; aboral ossicles tabulate and paxilliform, with internal imbricating ridges, arranged in oblique transverse rows on each side of conspicuous carinal series.


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)