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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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. Charonia Research, ; Hendler, A large change in the shape or structure of an animal that happens as the animal grows. However, this species may have a more symmetrical star shape at a different stage.

In insects, “incomplete metamorphosis” is when young animals are similar to adults and change gradually into the adult form, and “complete metamorphosis” is when there is a profound change between larval and adult forms.

This tail is the longest arm that came from the parent, while the “star” is composed of smaller, regenerated arms. Hard surfaces like coral-rock and sand are covered with a layer of this organic material. Charonia Research, a ; Grzimek, ; Jangoux and Lawrence, eds. Linckia guildingii primarily lives on the hard, flat bottom of coral reefs, but may also be found on slopes and sandy regions.


In time the arm will regenerate and in both species, the detached arms, known as “comets”, are capable of moving about independently and themselves developing into new individuals, a form of asexual reproduction.

Linckia guildingii ·

At 10 months it became functional and the new arms had reached 10mm 0. Reddish brown, yellowish brown, tan, or violet adults also occur. It is comet shaped a star with a long tail which is caused by guildigii asexual mode of reproduction.

In a study on Hawaii, it was linckja that autotomy happens less frequently than in the related species, Linckia multiforaalso found in these waters. This is a bottom dwelling species that moves from its cover to feed.

Some conservation efforts have recently been started in Puerto Rico and the U. The new “daughter” has an identical genetic makeup to the parent. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. When injected with the hormone, the starfish released their gametes, usually within lincki hours.

Retrieved from ” https: Accessed December 31, at https: The divergence between these implies that they separated over a million years ago.

Common Comet Star

However, the primary food source is from epibenthic felt made up of protozoans, algae, and bacteria. Only small economic benefit is gained through the sales of L.

Coloration changes with maturity. Some research has been done on the effect of the hormone 1-methyl adenine. Linckia guildingii everts it stomach which excretes digestive juices to break down foods externally.

Both sexual and asexual reproduction occur in this species; however, asexual reproduction is the dominant form. ADW doesn’t cover all species in the world, nor does it include all the latest scientific information about organisms we describe. They may be purchased as pets for aquariums and are sold under the common name “comet stars.


It is the second largest ocean in the world after the Pacific Ocean. The adult is uniform and characteristically gray. Connect with us Help us improve the site by taking our survey. Coral reefs are found guildingoi warm, shallow oceans with low nutrient availability. Charonia Research, ; Ugildingii, 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.

Numerous reef animals are being protected from pollution and harvest for aquarium sale. They also have 15 pores per papular area, and L. While ADW staff and contributors provide references to books and websites that we believe are reputable, we cannot necessarily endorse the contents of references beyond our control. Detritus is the result of the activity of decomposers organisms that decompose organic material. Van Nostrand Reinhold Company. Though this starfish is often green, it comes in a range of colours including various shades of brown, blue and dull red.