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 Goniasteridae are a large cosmopolitan family of 54 genera. Nineteen of these are recorded in Australian waters, represented by 34 species.

Goniasterids are distinguished from other families within the order Valvatida by the following combination of character states: arms five; upper surface usually almost flat, rarely convex, tube feet with terminal disc, papulae rarely on actinal surface, marginal plates form conspicuous margin to body; membranous interbrachial septum; wall of tube feet without spicules.


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)