In Singapore, Archaster typicus has been recorded from Chek Jawa, Cyrene Reef, Kusu Island, Lazarus Island, Pulau Hantu, Pulau Semakau, Pulau Senang, . Juveniles are found in prop roots of mangroves and gradually inhabit sandy shores, seagrass areas and shoals as they age, where they are buried slightly in the. Reference for: Archaster typicus. Other Source(s). Source: WoRMS – World Asteroidea Database, database (version undefined). Acquired: Notes: Mah .

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On recognizing a female, the male will climb on top of her and may remain there for two months. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The Singapore Science Centre, Singapore. Mating behaviour and archaxter cycle of Archaster typicus Echinodermata: Common sea stars on Singapore shores.

Pseudocopulation in Sand Stars! Parasitic snail on arm, not often seen. Marine Biology SeptemberVolume 99, Issue 2, pp They are no longer common on all our shores.

This starfish is adapted to life on the sandy seabed, where it buries in the sediment during high tides ttypicus moves over the sediment surface during low tides. Archasteridae Animals described in Invertebrate Reproduction and Development. Archaster typicus is a five-limbed star with long, slightly tapering arms with pointed tips.


Common sea stars (Archaster typicus) on the Shores of Singapore

The Singapore Red Data Book: A starfish can tell whether another is male or female, probably by chemotactic recognition. The small armour plates that cover the upper surface of the arms are lined up in neat tgpicus rows which distinguishes it from the rather similar Astropecten polyacanthus which has similar habits and colouring.

Tanah Merah, Oct Pulau Sudong, Dec Chek Jawa, Jan The female can move about and feed but the male is more restricted in his activities. This page was last edited on 22 Mayat A distintegrating sea star due to massive floods. During this time they synchronize their gonadal activity so that when the female is ready to spawn, so is the male. Didier VandenSpiegel et al.

However, in contrast to most other starfish, Archaster typicus performs pseudocopulation. Their method of mating is unique among sea stars They use water to pump up their bodies. Kusu Island, Feb Occasionally three, four, or even six-armed individuals occur.

Archaster typicus is a species of starfish in the family Archasteridae.


Ng and Ho Hua Chew, Marine Biology MarchVolumeIssue 3, pp The white structure is the madreporite. When she releases her eggshe releases his sperm almost simultaneously thereby increasing the chances that successful fertilisation will take place. Echinoderms of the Philippines: The spines, arranged in a marginal fringe, are short, flat and blunter than A. Threatened plants and animals of Singapore.

The underside is pale. arcyaster

WoRMS – World Register of Marine Species – Archaster typicus Müller & Troschel,

It is commonly known as the sand star or the sand sifting star but these names are also applied to starfish in the genus Astropecten. Small male on top of larger female. The body is slightly inflated and there is a whitish madreporite near the arcchaster of the disc.

Filmed on Cyrene Reef, Jul 08, showing the sea star ‘breathing’ through the madreporite, and a tiny parasitic snail on it.