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Leptasterias is a genus of starfish in the family Asteriidae. Members of this genus are characterised by having six arms although five-armed specimens sometimes occur. L. muelleri is the type species. The taxonomy of the genus is confusing and Leptasterias hexactis seems to be a species complex. Some species brood their eggs.[2] Species[edit] The World Register of Marine Species lists the following species:[1]

Subgenus Leptasterias (Hexasterias) Fisher, 1930

Leptasterias alaskensis (Verrill, 1909) Leptasterias camtschatica (Brandt, 1835) Leptasterias coei Verrill, 1914 Leptasterias leptodoma Fisher, 1930 Leptasterias polaris (Müller & Troschel, 1842) Leptasterias polymorpha Djakonov, 1938 Leptasterias schmidti Djakonov, 1938

Subgenus Leptasterias (Leptasterias) Verrill, 1866

Leptasterias muelleri (M. Sars, 1846)

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Leptasterias aequalis (Stimpson, 1862) Leptasterias aleutica Fisher, 1930 Leptasterias arctica (Murdoch, 1885) Leptasterias asteira Fisher, 1930 Leptasterias austera (Verrill, 1895) Leptasterias canuti Heding, 1936 Leptasterias clavispina Heding, 1936 Leptasterias compta (Stimpson, 1862) Leptasterias danica (Levinsen, 1887) Leptasterias degerboelli Heding, 1935 Leptasterias derbeki Djakonov, 1938 Leptasterias derjungini Djakonov, 1938 Leptasterias fisheri Djakonov, 1929 Leptasterias floccosa (Levinsen, 1887) Leptasterias granulata Djakonov, 1938 Leptasterias groenlandica (Steenstrup, 1857) Leptasterias hexactis (Stimpson, 1862) Leptasterias hirsuta Djakonov, 1938 Leptasterias hispida (Forbes, 1840) Leptasterias hispidella Verrill, 1895 Leptasterias hylodes Fisher, 1930 Leptasterias hyperborea (Danielssen & Koren, 1882) Leptasterias insolens Djakonov, 1938 Leptasterias kussakini Baranova, 1962 Leptasterias leptalea Verrill, 1914 Leptasterias littoralis (Stimpson, 1853) Leptasterias mexicana (Lutken, 1860) (nomen dubium) Leptasterias ochotensis (Brandt, 1851) Leptasterias orientalis Djakonov, 1929 Leptasterias pusilla Fisher, 1930 Leptasterias siberica Djakonov, 1930 Leptasterias similispinis (H.L. Clark, 1908) Leptasterias squamulata Djakonov, 1938 Leptasterias stolacantha Fisher, 1930 Leptasterias subarctica Djakonov, 1938 Leptasterias tatei Clark & Jewett, 2015 Leptasterias tenera (Stimpson, 1862) Leptasterias vinogradovi Djakonov, 1938

References[edit]

^ a b Mah, Christopher (2010). "Leptasterias Verrill, 1866". World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved 2012-02-03.  ^ Lambert, Philip (2001). Sea stars of British Columbia, Southeast Alaska, and Puget Sound. Google Books. pp. 117–126. 

Taxon identifiers

Wd: Q3200771 ADW: Leptasterias EoL: 36367 GBIF: 2273842 iNaturalist: 117697 ITIS: 157225 NCBI: 4