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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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. It usually stays hidden to avoid predation by fish. Usually it is hidden, but may be exposed. Though this starfish is often green, it comes in a range of colours including various shades of brown, blue and dull red.

It is comet shaped a star with a long tail which is caused by its asexual mode of guildinfii. They may be purchased as pets for aquariums and are sold under the common name “comet stars.

Linckia guildingii was proposed to be a filter ciliary feeder, and s generally thought to be a detritivore eating felt. Connect with us Help us improve the site by taking our survey.


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Some food may be gathered from dead fish. Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia. This page was last edited on 2 Juneat From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Classification Kingdom Animalia animals Animalia: In other projects Wikimedia Commons. It is the second largest ocean in the world after the Pacific Ocean. Linckia guildingi Gray Negative Linckia guildingii causes no negative effects on the economy. While ADW staff and contributors provide references to books and websites that we believe are reputable, we cannot necessarily endorse the contents of references beyond our control.

Hard surfaces like coral-rock and sand are covered with a layer of this organic material. Hendler, Key Behaviors motile sedentary Food Habits Linckia guildingii everts it stomach which excretes digestive juices to break down foods externally. Linckia guildingii everts it stomach which excretes digestive juices to break down foods externally. Some research has been done on the effect of the hormone 1-methyl adenine.

Examples are cnidarians Phylum Cnidaria, jellyfish, anemones, and corals.

ADW: Linckia guildingii: INFORMATION

Help us improve the site by taking our survey. The females release many eggs. Van Nostrand Reinhold Company. Linckia guildingii has cylindrical arms of uneven length up to 22 cm long.

Common Comet Star

In time the arm will guuldingii and in both species, the detached arms, known as “comets”, are capable of moving about independently and themselves developing into new individuals, a form of asexual reproduction. Hendler, Contributors Renee Sherman Mulcrone editor.


Linckia guildingi “Comet” of Linckia guildingi Scientific classification Kingdom: Used mainly by aquatic linxkia, especially plankton, but also by baleen whales. Some conservation efforts have recently been started in Puerto Rico and the U. Ophidiaster guildingihowever, has arms of equal length. Linckia guildingii causes no negative effects on the economy. Both sexual and asexual reproduction occur in this species; however, asexual reproduction is the dominant form.

The polyps live only on the reef surface. Charonia Research, ; Clark, ; Hendler, Other Physical Features ectothermic heterothermic radial symmetry Range length 22 high cm 8. Glossary Atlantic Ocean the body of water between Africa, Europe, the southern ocean above 60 degrees south latitudeand the western hemisphere.

At 10 months it became functional and the new arms had reached 10mm 0. Juveniles, however, are mottled white, gray, purple, violet, red or brown.

They are colorless and about 0. Linckja, this species may have a more symmetrical star shape at a different stage. Linckia guildingii usually inhabits shallow depths of about 1 meter, but has been found at a depth of over meters.