Found from intertidal to subtidal zone (Ref. ). Very rare on reef flats and lagoons, cryptic (Ref. ). Members of the class Asteroidea exhibit both. Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species. Echinodermata, Asteroidea, Valvatida, Ophidiasteridae, Linckia, guildingii. Habitat. Usually on coral reef hard . Scientific name, Linckia guildingii. Taxonomy navigation. Up › Linckia. Down Terminal (leaf) node. Common name, Common comet star. Synonym, Ophidiaster.

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Juveniles, however, are mottled white, gray, purple, violet, red or brown. Butterflies have complete metamorphosis, grasshoppers have incomplete metamorphosis.

ADW: Linckia guildingii: INFORMATION

The divergence guildigii these implies that they separated over a million years ago. ADW doesn’t cover all species in the world, nor does it include all the latest scientific information about organisms we describe. The ADW Team gratefully acknowledges their support. Hendler, Contributors Renee Sherman Mulcrone editor. Some food may be gathered from dead fish.

Common Comet Star

Linckia guildingii and Ophidiaster guildingii are two similar species that are often confused due to coloration and location. Accessed December 31, at https: This page was last edited ilnckia 2 Juneat Ophidiaster guildingihowever, has arms of equal length.


Charonia Research, ; Hendler, Biogeographic Regions atlantic ocean native Habitat Linckia guildingii primarily lives on the hard, flat bottom of coral reefs, but may also be found on slopes and sandy regions. Negative Linckia guildingii causes no negative effects on the economy. They are colorless and about 0. Numerous reef animals are being protected from pollution and harvest for aquarium sale.

Used mainly by aquatic invertebrates, especially plankton, but also by baleen whales. Hard surfaces like coral-rock and sand are covered with a layer of this organic material.

Charonia Research, ; Hendler, The gonads are particularly dominant before they spawn. However, the primary food source is from epibenthic felt made up of protozoans, algae, and bacteria. Glossary Atlantic Ocean the body of water between Africa, Europe, the southern ocean above 60 degrees south latitudeand the western hemisphere. Examination of the mtDNA showed that there are two clades within L. Coral reefs are found in warm, shallow oceans with low nutrient availability.

Linckia guildingii (Common comet star) (Ophidiaster guildingii)

They form the basis for rich communities of other invertebrates, plants, fish, and protists. The development of larva is planktotrophic, meaning the larvae primarily survives by feeding on plankton. Views Read Edit View history. Starfishes and Related Echinoderms. Linckia guildingii has cylindrical arms of uneven length up to 22 cm long. linkcia


The results varied depending on proximity to the natural mating llnckia. Linckia guildingialso called the common comet starGuilding’s sea star or the green Linckiais a species of sea star found in the shallow waters of the tropical Pacific OceanIndian OceanAtlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.

Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia. In sexual reproduction, the sexes are separate. Retrieved from ” https: This is a bottom dwelling species that moves from its cover to feed. Classification Kingdom Animalia animals Animalia: Arms voluntarily detach to form a new individual known as autotomy. Though we edit our accounts for accuracy, we cannot guarantee all information in those accounts.

Hendler, Key Behaviors motile sedentary Food Habits Linckia guildingii everts it lincckia which excretes digestive juices to break down foods externally. Charonia Research, a ; Hendler, Habitat Regions tropical saltwater or marine Aquatic Biomes reef coastal Range depth 1 to m 3. When injected with the hormone, the starfish released their gametes, usually within three hours.

Because they depend on symbiotic photosynthetic guildlngii, zooxanthellae, they cannot live where light does not penetrate.

They also have 15 pores per papular area, and L.