species: Neoferdina cumingi in ALA: LIRS and surrounds using records to Oct. 2021 (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Neoferdina cumingi

©Lyle Vail and Anne Hoggett: Neoferdina cumingi at South Island. Note the large, pink/purple marginal plates alternating with much smaller pale ones.

©Lyle Vail: A specimen found inside a deep crevice at Pidgin Point in January 2009

©Anne Hoggett: Neoferdina cumingi at Lizard Island
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Echinodermata
Class Asteroidea
Order Valvatida
Family Goniasteridae
Genus Neoferdina
Species Neoferdina cumingi



Distinguishing features

Superomarginal plates alternate between bare purple ones and pale, granule-covered ones. The colour pattern as shown is distinctive.


  • Size data has not been obtained.

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.


Similar taxa


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Local abundance

  • Lizard Island: 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.