Pincushion Starfish (species: Culcita novaeguineae) in ALA: LIRS and surrounds using records to Oct. 2021 (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Culcita novaeguineae
Pincushion Starfish

©Lyle Vail: Culcita novaeguineae at Lizard Island

©Lyle Vail: Underside of Culcita novaeguineae at Lizard Island

©Anne Hoggett: Culcita novaeguineae about 24 cm in diameter, as found at Lizard Island
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Echinodermata
Class Asteroidea
Order Valvatida
Family Oreasteridae
Genus Culcita
Species Culcita novaeguineae



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Size data has not been obtained.

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.


Interesting facts

  • Juveniles have a flat star-shaped body that fills out to pincushion-shape with age.


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Coleman, N. (2007). Sea Stars: Echinoderms of the Asia/Indo-Pacific Neville Coleman's Underwater Geographic, Springwood, Qld. Australia.
  • Marsh, L.M. and J. Fromont (2020). Field Guide to shallow water seastars of Australia. Western Australian Museum, Perth.
  • Yamaguchi, M. (1975). Coral-reef asteroids of Guam. Biotropica, 7(1): 1-23. LIRS catalog number 90343.
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