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 family Astropectinidae is widespread throughout the Indo-Pacific region. It includes 25 genera, eight of which are recorded in Australian waters, represented by 23 species.

Astropectinids are distinguished from other families within the order Paxillosida by the following combination of character states: arms five; tube feet tapered to rounded or knob-like tips; ampullae double; edge of body defined by well developed supero- and infero-marginal plates; aboral surface with paxillae; oral interradial areas with flat ossicles extending a greater or lesser distance into arms; superambulacral ossicles present.


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)