J151 Astrostole rodolphi 2a Click to enlarge image
J151 Astrostole rodolphi 2a Image: Stephen Kebble
© Australian Museum

Fast Facts

  • Classification
  • Size Range
    Width 120 mm


The seven flexible arms combined with the spines along the aboral surface and margins are distinctive.


Inshore, continental shelf and slope, from Point Danger, Qld, to Bondi, NSW; Elizabeth and Middleton Reefs; Lord Howe Island; Norfolk Island; Kermadec Islands; New Zealand. Depth range 0-250 m.

Australian Museum registration database records for the Sydney region:

Long Reef; Manly (Shelley Beach); Port Jackson (Camp Cove; Vaucluse). Depth Range 0-5 m.

Taxonomic information - synonyms and type material:

Asterias rodolphi Perrier, 1875: 305, 41.
Type data: holotype BMNH 1855.11.19.13.
Type locality: Kermadec Ils, SW Pacific.

Astrostole insularis Clark, 1938: 191, pl. 8(1).
Type data: holotype MCZ 3362.
Type locality: Lord Howe Is., Tasman Sea.

Astrostole multispina Clark, 1950: 808, fig. 1A-B, pls 11-12.
Type data: holotype BMNH
Type locality: Norfolk Is., Tasman Sea.

J151 Astrostole rodolphi

Astrostole rodolphi

Image: Stephen Keeble
© Australian Museum

Links for further information:

Atlas of Living Australiau/species/Astrostole+rodolphi#overview

World Register of Marine Species

Additional references:

Clark (1946); Town (1979) (also as Astrostole insularis, Astrostole multispina, Astrostole scabra); Rowe (1989); Rowe & Gates (1995).