J24324 Fromia polypora Click to enlarge image
J24324 Fromia polypora Image: Stephen Keeble
© Australian Museum

Fast Facts

  • Classification
  • Size Range
    Width 120 mm


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.


Exposed reef.

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.

J24324 Fromia polypora

Fromia polypora

Image: Stephen Keeble
© Australian Museum


Readily found at ‘Jolong Reef’ approximately 700m north east of Cape Banks at ~20m depth, November 2008.

Links for further information:

Atlas of Living Australia

World Register of Marine Species

Additional references:

Clark (1946) (as Austrofromia polypora); Marsh (1976) (as Austrofromia polypora); Rowe (1989); Edgar (1997).