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Thromidia catalai
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Echinodermata
Class: Asteroidea
Order: Valvatida
Family: Mithrodiidae
Genus: Thromidia
Pope & Rowe, 1977

4 species (see text)

Thromidia is a genus of starfish in the family Mithrodiidae. [1]


Description and characteristics

These are unusually massive sea stars with five sausage-shaped arms, containing probably the heaviest species of Asteroidea, up to 6 kg. [2]


There are four recognized species according to World Register of Marine Species: [1]

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  1. 1 2 Mah CL, ed. (2021). "Thromidia Pope & Rowe, 1977". World Asteroidea database. World Register of Marine Species . Retrieved 1 December 2021.
  2. Mah, Christopher L. "What Are the World's LARGEST Starfish??". The Echinoblog.