Australian Biological Resources Study

Australian Faunal Directory


Regional Maps


Compiler and date details

2012 - Tim O'Hara, Museum Victoria, Carlton, Victoria, Australia

2001 - Tim O'Hara, Museum Victoria, Carlton, Victoria, Australia

1995 - F.W.E. Rowe & J. Gates, Australian Museum, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


Asteronychids are found circum-globally in the waters of the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans. Two genera are known, and one species in each is recorded in Australian waters.

The family is distinguished from others in the order Euryalida by the following combination of character states: no hooklets on the aboral surface of the body; dental plate fragmented into several irregular pieces; acute and spiniform teeth; rudimentary or no ventral arm plates; and on an open groove on the oral side of vertebrae.


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 22-Jul-2013 MODIFIED
12-Feb-2010 (import)