Fromia polypora H.L. Clark, 1916
Five arms rounded in cross-section, tapering to a narrow, rounded point. Aboral surface minutely granular, bright orange flecked with black
Temperate inshore and continental shelf areas from off Sunshine Beach, Qld, south to Tasmania and west to Houtman Abrolhos, WA; Norfolk Island. Depth range 0-160 m.
Australian Museum registration database records for the Sydney region:
Long Reef; Port Jackson (Green Point); Coogee Beach; Bate Bay (Boat Harbour); 1.6-3.2 kms off Cronulla. Depth range 20-39.6 m.
Taxonomic information - synonyms and type material:
Fromia polypora Clark, 1916: 51, pl. 14(1-2).
Type data: holotype AM E5018, paratype(s) MCZ.
Type locality: east of Maria Is., TAS.
Readily found at ‘Jolong Reef’ approximately 700m north east of Cape Banks at ~20m depth, November 2008.
Links for further information:
World Register of Marine Species
Clark (1946) (as Austrofromia polypora); Marsh (1976) (as Austrofromia polypora); Rowe (1989); Edgar (1997).