Five species included in synonymy with Jaspis stellifera (Carter, 1879) (Coppatiidae) by
authors were re-evaluated from type material for the first time since originally described.
Original descriptions were found to be mostly incomplete, with subsequent synonymies
excessive. Only two (Stellettinopsis coriacea Carter, 1886 and Stellettinopsis purpurea
Carter, 1886) are retained in synonymy with J. stellifera. Stellettinopsis carteri Ridley, 1884
is synonymised with Rhabdastrella globostellata (Carter, 1883) (Ancorinidae).
Stellettinopsis lutea Carter, 1886 is retained in Jaspis and S. tuberculata Carter, 1886 is
referred to Stelletta, both reinstated as valid species. Two new species (Asteropus radio -
crusta, Jaspis cristacorrugatus) were described from one misidentified syntype of S.
tuberculata Carter, 1886 and other new material superficially resembling ‘J. stellifera’ of
authors. Tropical and subtropical specimens of ‘J. stellifera’, comprising much of the
material described in the marine natural products literature, were found to have been
misidentified specimens of R. globostellata, apparently lacking triaenes. With the exception
of R. globostellata, which has a distribution throughout much of tropical and subtropical
Indo-Pacific, species were found to have restricted distributions in Victorian and Tasmanian