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Hippasteria phrygiana  (Spiny Red Sea Star)

Photo of Hippasteria phrygiana by <a href="http://www.seastarsofthepacificnorthwest.info/">Neil McDaniel</a>
© Neil McDaniel (Photo ID #15881)

Photographer's Submitted Details

Photo Location Sutton Island, Skookumchuck Narrows Photographer Neil McDaniel
Habitat subtidal, cobble, boulders
Photo Date Upload Date January 08, 2012
Elevation (m) -10
UTM Zone # Latitude 49.7597222222222
UTM Easting Longitude -123.935833333333
UTM Northing Photo ID # 15881
Notes Close-up shows the conspicuous bivalved, unstalked pedicellariae (mini-pincers). Recent DNA work has shown that H. spinosa is the same as Hippasteria phrygiana. The latter takes precidence as it is the older name. Reference: Foltz, D.W. et.al. 2013. Global population divergence of the sea star Hippasteria phrygiana corresponds to the onset of the last glacial period of the Pleistocene. Marine Biology (2013): 1-12.

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