species: Fromia indica in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Fromia indica

©Lyle Vail and Anne Hoggett: Fromia indica at South Island. Note the fine even granulation on the plates and the double row of marginal plates on the arm in the foreground.

©Lyle Vail and Anne Hoggett: Fromia indica at Granite Bluff.

©Anne Hoggett and Lyle Vail: Fromia indica . The marginal plates are not obvious when viewed from directly above.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Echinodermata
Class Asteroidea
Order Valvatida
Family Goniasteridae
Genus Fromia
Species Fromia indica



Distinguishing features

This is one of the most common small (largest radius less than 50 mm) starfish living in reef habitats at Lizard Island. It ranges in color from orange/brown to bright red. The edge of the body is defined by marginal plates that decrease gradually in size along the arms. On the upper surface, deep furrows (appearing as dark lines) between the plates are noticeable. Some plates are much larger than others and all have fine, even granulation.

Localities and habitats

Fromia indica is found all around the island group, usually exposed in reef habitats.


  • Size data has not been obtained.

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution


Spawns during the day in winter and early spring at Lizard Island. Individuals climb to a high point and stand on their arm tips to shed eggs or sperm.

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Clark, A.M. and F.W.E. Rowe (1971). Monograph of shallow-water Indo-west Pacific echinoderms British Museum (Natural History), London.
  • Marsh, L.M. and J. Fromont (2020). Field Guide to shallow water seastars of Australia. Western Australian Museum, Perth.

Other references

  • Guenther, J. (2007). Natural antifouling defences of tropical sea stars, Ph.D. thesis, James Cook University. LIRS catalog number 1131.