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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Hendler, Key Behaviors motile sedentary Food Habits Linckia guildingii everts it stomach which excretes digestive juices to break down foods externally. Coloration changes with maturity. Some food may be gathered from dead fish. Linckia guildingii has a smaller cardiac stomach large oral chamber and larger rectal caeca small outpocketings in in the intestine when compared with other species. Reddish brown, yellowish brown, tan, or guildimgii adults also occur.

Linckia guildingii ·

The ADW Team gratefully acknowledges their support. Coral reefs are found in warm, shallow oceans with low nutrient availability.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Examination of the mtDNA showed that there are two clades within L. Glossary Atlantic Linckiaa the body of water between Africa, Europe, the southern ocean above 60 degrees south latitudeand the western hemisphere.


It is the second largest ocean in the world after the Pacific Ocean. Some conservation efforts have recently been started in Puerto Rico and the U. However, the primary food source is from epibenthic felt made up of protozoans, algae, and bacteria.

Linckia guildingii (Common comet star) (Ophidiaster guildingii)

The eggs are negatively buoyant upon leaving guildinyii female’s gonopores found on the arms. Echinoderms of Florida and he Caribbean. 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.

Arms voluntarily detach to form a new individual known as autotomy. Charonia Research, a ; Grzimek, ; Jangoux and Lawrence, eds. Used mainly by aquatic invertebrates, lihckia plankton, but also by baleen whales.

Common Comet Star

Starfishes and Related Echinoderms. Linckia guildingi “Comet” of Llnckia guildingi Scientific classification Kingdom: They may be purchased as pets for aquariums and are sold under the common name “comet stars. Because they depend on symbiotic photosynthetic algae, zooxanthellae, they cannot live where light does not penetrate. Linckia guildingii has cylindrical arms of uneven length up to 22 cm long.

The upper surface appears smooth ghildingii is in fact rough to the touch with low, firm nodules.


The Animal Diversity Web is an educational resource written largely by and for college students. The divergence between these implies that they separated over a million years ago. Usually it is hidden, but may be exposed. Ophidiaster guildingihowever, has arms of equal guidingii.

They form the basis for rich communities of other invertebrates, plants, fish, and protists.

The new “daughter” has an identical genetic makeup to the parent. Linckia guildingii primarily lives on the hard, flat bottom of coral reefs, but may guildingji be found on slopes and sandy regions.

They also have 15 pores per papular area, and Linckiia. Thomas and the U. The results varied depending on proximity to the natural mating season. Hendler, Contributors Renee Sherman Mulcrone editor. At this time, gametes are released in the water, resulting in external fertilization.

Linckia guildingii was proposed to be a filter ciliary feeder, and s generally thought to be a detritivore eating felt. In sexual reproduction, the sexes are separate. Linckia guildingii is found in the Atlantic Ocean from Florida to Brazil, and around the Caribbean gulldingii.