species: Capillaster sp. nov. in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Capillaster sp. nov.

©Anne Hoggett: Underside of undescribed Capillaster species. 

©Anne Hoggett: Undescribed species of Capillaster at Lizard Island, shown as found when rubble was lifted from sand at reef base.

©Anne Hoggett: Detail of central underside area of undescribed Capillaster species.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Echinodermata
Class Crinoidea
Order Comatulida
Family Comatulidae
Genus Capillaster
Species Capillaster sp. nov.



Distinguishing features

This species keys out to Capillaster multiradiatus but it has a different colour pattern and behaviour and it is probably a separate species.

It shares with Capillaster multiradiatus the following taxonomic features: about 20 robust arms, syzygy between brachials 2+3, and numerous strong cirri.

It is always banded red/purple and white. It is extremely cryptic, completely concealed and curled up during the day, partly exposed at night.


  • Up to 10 cm (Arm length)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.


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