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New genus and species of southern Australian and Pacific Asterinidae (Echinodermata, Asteriodea)
O'Loughlin, P.M. (2002). New genus and species of southern Australian and Pacific Asterinidae (Echinodermata, Asteriodea). Mem. Mus. Vic. 59(2): 277-296
In: Memoirs of the Museum of Victoria. Museum of Victoria: Melbourne. ISSN 0814-1827, more
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  • O'Loughlin, P.M.

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    O’Loughlin, P.M., 2002. New genus and species of southern Australian and PacificAsterinidae (Echinodermata, Asteroidea). Memoirs of Museum Victoria 59(2): 277-296.The diagnostic characters of the Asterinidae species Asterina atyphoida H.L. Clark fromsouthern Australia and Asterina gibbosa (Pennant) from the Atlantic, type species of AsterinaNardo, are reviewed. Asterina atyphoida is referred to Meridiastra gen. nov., with four otherspecies: Meridiastra fissura sp. nov. and Meridiastra nigranota sp. nov. from southernAustralia, Meridiastra rapa sp. nov. from the central south Pacific, and Meridiastra modesta(Verrill) from the Pacific coast of Panama and Mexico. Asterina agustincasoi Caso issynonymised with Meridiastra modesta (Verrill). Asterinides Verrill is recognised as a validgenus. Meridiastra fissura is fissiparous. Meridiastra is distributed from southern Australia tothe Pacific coast of Mexico and Panama. A key is provided for the species of Meridiastra.

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