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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They may be purchased as pets for aquariums and are sold under the common name “comet stars.

The process is quite slow, it taking 6 months for the madreporite to appear. Accessed December 31, at https: Linckia guildingii has cylindrical arms of uneven length up to 22 guilxingii long. Hendler, Key Behaviors motile sedentary Food Habits Linckia guildingii everts it stomach which excretes digestive juices to break down foods externally. They also have 15 pores per papular area, and L.

This is a bottom dwelling species that moves from its cover to feed. Linckia guildingii usually inhabits guildingui depths of about 1 meter, but has been found at a depth of over meters.

In time the arm will regenerate 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.

ADW doesn’t cover all species in the world, nor does it giuldingii all the latest scientific information about organisms we describe.

The females release many eggs. When injected with the hormone, the starfish released their gametes, usually within three hours.

Guildingli using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. This tail is the longest arm that came from the parent, while the “star” is composed of smaller, regenerated arms. In a study on Hawaii, it was found that autotomy happens less frequently than in the related species, Linckia multiforaalso found in these waters.


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Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia. Reddish brown, yellowish brown, tan, or violet adults also occur. Examination of the mtDNA showed that there are two clades within L. It usually stays hidden to avoid predation by fish. Though we edit our accounts for accuracy, we cannot guarantee all information in those accounts. Linckia guildingii and Ophidiaster guildingii are two similar species that are often confused due to coloration and location.

It is also found in Australia the Great Barrier Reef. 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.

Linckia guildingii (Common comet star) (Ophidiaster guildingii)

However, the primary food source is from epibenthic felt made up of protozoans, algae, and bacteria. Linckia Animals described in Only small economic benefit is gained through guildingi sales of L.

Numerous reef animals are being protected from pollution and harvest for aquarium sale. This page was last edited on 2 Juneat Arms voluntarily detach to form a new individual known as autotomy. Recent studies have indicated that Linckia guildingi may represent several cryptic species.

A large change in the shape or structure of an animal that happens as the animal grows. Thomas and the U. Butterflies have complete metamorphosis, grasshoppers have incomplete metamorphosis. It is the second largest ocean in the world after the Pacific Ocean. Some research has been done on the effect of the hormone 1-methyl adenine. Guildngii Kingdom Animalia animals Animalia: 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.

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Linckia guildingii primarily lives on the hard, flat bottom of guildignii reefs, but may also be found on slopes and sandy regions. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The divergence between these implies that they separated over a million years ago. 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.

In sexual reproduction, the sexes are separate. The Animal Diversity Web is an educational resource written largely by and for college students.

Common Comet Star

The polyps live only on the reef surface. Van Nostrand Reinhold Company. Detritus is the result of the activity of decomposers organisms that decompose organic material.

At this time, gametes are released in the water, resulting in external fertilization. The eggs are negatively buoyant upon leaving the female’s gonopores found on the arms. The ADW Team gratefully acknowledges their support.

The adult is uniform and characteristically gray. Charonia Research, a ; Grzimek, ; Jangoux and Lawrence, eds. They are colorless and about 0. In insects, “incomplete metamorphosis” guildjngii when young animals are similar to adults and change gradually into the adult form, and “complete metamorphosis” is when there is a profound change between larval and adult forms.

The results varied depending on proximity to the natural mating season.