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

©Anne Hoggett: Ophidiaster granifer found under a slab of rubble on the reef flat near South Island, Lizard Island Group. Maximum radius (R) is 2 cm.

©Anne Hoggett: Close-up of Ophidiaster granifer from South Island, Lizard Island Group.

©Anne Hoggett: Actinal surface of Ophidiaster granifer from South Island, Lizard Island Group.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Echinodermata
Class Asteroidea
Order Valvatida
Family Ophidiasteridae
Genus Ophidiaster
Species Ophidiaster granifer



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Up to 3 cm (Maximum radius, inferred from Yamaguchi and Lucas (1984).)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution


This species reproduces by parthenogenesis from female-only populations (Yamaguchi and Lucas, 1984).

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Marsh, L.M. and J. Fromont (2020). Field Guide to shallow water seastars of Australia. Western Australian Museum, Perth.

Other references

  • Yamaguchi, M. and J.S. Lucas (1984). Natural parthenogenesis, larval and juvenile development, and geographical distribution of the coral reef asteroid Ophidiaster granifer, Marine Biology, 83: 33-42. LIRS catalog number 149.