Seven to 14 (usually 11) long, flexible arms with spines in longitudinal rows along the aboral surface and margins. Aboral surface orange mottled with blue, grey, green and red/brown. Oral surface with two rows of tube feet.
Temperate inshore and continental shelf areas from Port Denison, Qld, south to Tasmania and west to Houtman Abrolhos, WA; Lord Howe Island; Norfolk Island; New Zealand. Depth range 0-140 m.
Australian Museum registration database records for the Sydney region:
Long Reef; Manly (Shelly Beach); Port Jackson (Balmoral; Nielsen Park; Vaucluse); Mackenzie's Bay, Sydney; 9.5 km off Coogee; Little Coogee; Botany Bay (Kurnell Pier); Port Hacking (Gunnamatta Bay; Shiprock near Caringbah). Depth range 0-91 m.
Sheltered reef, silt, sand.
Taxonomic information - synonyms and type material:
Coscinasterias muricata Verrill, 1867: 249.
Type data: syntypes whereabouts unknown.
Type locality: Auckland, New Zealand.
Links for further information:
Clark (1946); Rowe & Gates (1995); Edgar (1997).