species: Fromia milleporella in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Fromia milleporella

©Lyle Vail: Fromia milleporella in less than 2 m depth off Casuarina Beach

©Lyle Vail: Fromia milleporella at Big Vicki's Reef, Lizard Island, at night.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Echinodermata
Class Asteroidea
Order Valvatida
Family Goniasteridae
Genus Fromia
Species Fromia milleporella



Distinguishing features

A small (largest radius less than 50 mm) red starfish with a distinct double row of marginal plates defining the edge of the body. Upper surface is flat, with very low, even granulation and plates that are more or less equal in size. Pores between the plates are conspicuous.


  • Size data has not been obtained.

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

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.
  • 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.