species: Pontiometra andersoni in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Pontiometra andersoni

©Anne Hoggett: Pontiometra andersoni at Cod Hole, Ribbon Reef 10.

©Anne Hoggett: Cirri of Pontiometra andersoni at Cod Hole, Ribbon Reef 10.

©Lyle Vail and Anne Hoggett: Pontiometra andersoni at Snake Pit, between Lizard Island and the outer barrier reefs.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Echinodermata
Class Crinoidea
Order Comatulida
Family Colobometridae
Genus Pontiometra
Species Pontiometra andersoni



Distinguishing features

A large feather star with up to 120 arms and extremely long cirri that have a strong spines on each of the middle and distal segments. Dark burgundy, appears black at a distance. Fully exposed living position.


  • Size data has not been obtained.

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

Meyer (1979) first recorded this species from Lizard Island. It is now also known from the Snake Pit, about half-way between Lizard and the north end of Ribbon Reef 10, and the outer reefs. It is not abundant anywhere in the area.

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References that assist with identification

  • Clark, A.M. and F.W.E. Rowe (1971). Monograph of shallow-water Indo-west Pacific echinoderms British Museum (Natural History), London.

Other references

  • Meyer, D.L. (1979). Length and spacing of the tube feet in crinoids (Echinodermata) and their role in suspension-feeding, Marine Biology, 51: 361-369. LIRS catalog number 29.
  • Meyer, D.L., C.A. La Haye, N.D. Holland, A.C. Arneson and J.R. Strickler (1984). Time-lapse cinematography of feather stars (Echinodermata: Crinoidea) on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia: demonstrations of posture changes, locomotion, spawning and possible predation by fish, Marine Biology, 78: 179-184. LIRS catalog number 200.
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