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Temporal range: Jurassic - recent
Pseudarchaster myobrachius 600.jpg
Pseudarchaster myobrachius
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Subkingdom: Eumetazoa
Phylum: Echinodermata
Class: Asteroidea
Order: Valvatida
Family: Goniasteridae
Forbes, 1841

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Ray fragment of fossil goniasterid; Zichor Formation (Coniacian, Upper Cretaceous), southern Israel.

Goniasteridae are a large family of sea stars.


Goniasteridae are usually middle-sized sea stars with a characteristic double range of marginal plates bordering the disk and arms. About 260 extant species within 70 genera are currently known.

Location and habitat[edit]

They occur predominantly on deep-water continental shelf habitats in all the world’s oceans, being the most diverse in the Indo-Pacific region.[1]

List of genera[edit]

The family includes the following genera:[2]


  1. ^ Clark, A. M. An index of names of recent Asteroidea Part 2: Valvatida. Echinoderm Studies 4 (1993)
  2. ^ MarineSpecies.org - Goniasteridae Forbes, 1841
  3. ^ a b Mah, Christopher L. (2011). "Taxonomy of high-latitude Goniasteridae (Subantarctic & Antarctic): one new genus, and three new species with an overview and key to taxa". Zootaxa 2759: 1–48.