Plinthaster ceramoidea ( Fisher 1906 )

Mah, Christopher L., 2015, New species, corallivory, in situ video observations and overview of the Goniasteridae (Valvatida, Asteroidea) in the Hawaiian Region, Zootaxa 3926 (2), pp. 211-228: 225

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http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3926.2.3

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scientific name

Plinthaster ceramoidea ( Fisher 1906 )
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Plinthaster ceramoidea ( Fisher 1906) 

Figure 4View FIGURE 4 F

Fisher 1906: 1052; Chave & Malahoff 1998: 86; Mah 1998: 67

Occurrence. Hawaiian Islands region, 294– 510 m.

Feeding observations. The observation listed below shows this species hunched over what has been identified as dead colonies of the zoanthid Gerardia  sp ( Fig. 4View FIGURE 4 F). This posture presumably positions the mouth of the animal over the upward facing polyp or feeding on hydroids overgrown on the colony.

In life, this species is orange in color with a deeper colored superomarginal plate series.

Video observations. P 4 -014-d 2-5954 to P 4 -0140-d 2-10007. 18 º73.0, 158 º 25.8, 388 m. Nov. 15, 2000