species: Linckia multifora in ALA: Lizard Island (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Linckia multifora

©Anne Hoggett: Linckia multifora found under rubble at MacGillivray Reef near Lizard Island. The longest arm is about 5 cm long. 

©Anne Hoggett: Linckia multifora from MacGillivray Reef near Lizard Island. Two madreporites can be seen in the white parts of the central disc. Two arms have been damaged and are regenerating.

©Anne Hoggett: Linckia multifora in a shallow cavern at Yonge Reef near Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Echinodermata
Class Asteroidea
Order Valvatida
Family Ophidiasteridae
Genus Linckia
Species Linckia multifora



Distinguishing features

A small starfish with a mottled colour pattern and arms often of irregular length. Arm number variable, often five but sometimes four, six or seven. Usually two madreporites (special porous plates on the upper disc used for water transfer).

If correctly identified here, the small individual (R=1.1 cm) has a mottled colour pattern, two madreporites and pale terminal arm plates.


  • Size data has not been obtained.

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Local abundance

  • Lizard Island area: Uncommon.

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.