Ghardaqana Sea Star

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Fromia ghardaqana - Mortensen, 1936
Ghardaqana Sea Star

This attractive star is sometimes difficult to keep alive in the home aquarium. Janine Cairns-Michael

[edit] Overview

Endemic to the Red Sea, this species typically is red or orange with white or yellow contrasting large beadlike plates on the upper surface. It will likely do best in a large, well-established tank with a lot of sponge and epifaunal growth.

Family: Ophidiasteridae

Other common name(s):

  • Red Sea Marble Star
  • Ghardaqa Brittle Star
  • Royal Tile Starfish

Native range:

Maximum length: 7.5 cm (3 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 380 L (100 gal)

Lighting: Immaterial.

Water: Marine 27 °C (300 K, 81 °F) - 29 °C (302 K, 84 °F)

[edit] Feeding

Diet unknown. Possibly eats sponges. Will often live for a year or so and then die of malnutrition.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

Not suitable for most tanks.

[edit] Special Care

Needs higher salinities and temperatures than most sea stars. The salinity should be in the range of 37 to 38 ppt, with temperatures of 82 to 84°F (27 to 29 °C).

[edit] Notes

As with all echinoderms, it should be acclimated very slowly, over a period of hours, to new water conditions.

Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Marine Invertebrates
Image credit: JCM
Text credit: RLS
Facts about Ghardaqana Sea StarRDF feed
Common name Ghardaqana Sea Star  +, Red Sea Marble Star  +, Ghardaqa Brittle Star  +, and Royal Tile Starfish  +
Family Ophidiasteridae  +
Genus Fromia  +
Image credit JCM  +
Lighting Immaterial.  +
Maximum length 3 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 100 gal  +
Native range Red Sea  +, and Mauritius  +
Reference A PocketExpert Guide to Marine Invertebrates  +
Specific name ghardaqana  +
Text credit RLS  +
Water max temp 302 K (29 °C, 84 °F)  +
Water min temp 300 K (27 °C, 81 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +