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Linckia laevigata (Linnaeus, 1758)

The Blue Sea Star


Wing Yan Yuen (2011)

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Size

Interestingly, Linckia laevigata populations found in the wild consist almost entirely of adult individuals. The adults of L. laevigata reach a maximum size of 30cm in diameter and based on the data from previous research studies, mean arm length of the blue sea stars increases with increasing depth (Thompson & Thompson 1982; Strong 1975).

        With regard to the population occurring on the Heron Island Reef, size of the adult blue sea star generally exceeds 20cm (Laxton 1974). The central disc diameter of the Heron Island population ranges from approximately 30mm to 40mm, and the arm length of the blue sea star varies from about 80mm to 120mm (Laxton 1974).















 

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(2 objects, created 5/6/2011)

Album: This is a private album that is not visible to anonymous users Great Barrier Reef Invertebrates

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Album: 2012

Album: 2011

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Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Echinodermata
Class
Asteroidea
Order
Valvatida
Family
Ophidiasteridae
Genus
Linckia

Synonyms

Asterias laevigata ((Linnaeus, 1758))
Linckia browni (Gray, 1840)
Linckia crassae (Gray, 1840)
Linckia hondurae (Domantay & Roxas, 1938)
Linckia miliaris ((Muller & Troschel, 1840))
Linckia rosenbergi (von Martens, 1866)
Linckia suturalis (von Martens, 1866)
Linckia typus (Nardo, 1834)
Ophidiaster clathratus (Grube, 1865)
Ophidiaster crassa ((Gray, 1840))
Ophidiaster laevigatus (Müller & Troschel, 1842)
Ophidiaster miliaris (Müller & Troschel, 1842)
Ophidiaster propinquus (Livingstone, 1932)

Common Names

azure sea star