A large unknown beige sea star with narrow ambulacral grooves from a depth of around 250 meters off W Norway. The pictures below is from a specimen picked up by a ROV - but a few other specimens were simultaneously observed from a hard bottom filled with large sponge species. I think it must be a Valvatida (likely Goniasteridae) with its large valvate pedicellariae on both upper and lower side and characteristic granulate marginal plates - a little longer than broad, lacking spines, but equipped with pedicellariae. Plates of the oral side looks angular and granulate. I did not recognize the species, when asked about it, so I suspected for a while that it may not have been found in Scandinavia before, but probably it may be a full grown Peltaster placenta looking very different from the few young specimens I have seen before. The photos are not possible to magnify much, but also the abactinal plates looks granular. Does anybody else recognize it?

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Madreporite

Still another species was dredged from deeper waters (around 600 m) in a Norwegian fjord earlier. I guess it may be a Diplopteraster multipes rather than a species of Hymenaster, but am not completely sure. Can anyone confirm or - if not - suggest what it might be?

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Mother with young.

Young on mothers back.

best wishes / Hans G. H.