Abstract

The opinion held by Fisher (1911) that the Australian forms are best kept together in the genus Tosia and the American and European forms relegated to allied genera such as Ceramaster and Plinthaster, appears to be not only the most reasonable solution to the problem, but also the most natural course out of a maze of difficulties. The proposition, however, solves for the present only part of the task for the systematist and, indeed, must be regarded as only an initial step in the reorganization of sea-stars of the Australian seas. A problem yet to be faced is the relationship of Tosia with Pentagonaster, which is not yet clearly understood, but it is felt that, when the question is fully investigated by one with sufficient data, the merging of both genera will be the only alternative.

 
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Bibliographic Data

Short Form
Livingstone, 1932, Rec. Aust. Mus. 18(7): 373–382
Author
Arthur A. Livingstone
Year
1932
Title
The Australian species of Tosia (Asteroidea)
Serial Title
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume
18
Issue
7
Start Page
373
End Page
382
DOI
10.3853/j.0067-1975.18.1932.742
Language
English
Plates
plates xliii–xliv
Date Published
21 June 1932
Cover Date
21 June 1932
ISSN
0067-1975
CODEN
RAUMAJ
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Digitized
05 February 2009
Available Online
06 March 2009
Reference Number
742
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