Christopher Mah

About me

I am a Research Collaborator at the USNM in the Department of Invertebrate Zoology. I am one of the world's specialists in the biology, evolution and systematics of asteroids aka starfish or sea stars. I write the Echinoblog ( and oversee the World Asteroidea Database (

My info

Full name
Christopher Mah
I am
a professional scientist
Curator level
Full Curator


97 objects curated
6 taxa curated
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0 articles selected for Overview
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11 taxa commented
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Curator qualifications

1. Research Collaborator/Postdoc/etc. for Dept. of Invertebrate Zoology, NMNH 2005-present. Responsible for identification of over 2620 specimen lots in the main collection. See my staff page at 2. Research Associate/former employee of Dept. of Invertebrate Zoology, California Academy of Sciences, 1993-present. Responsible for identification of 4384 specimen lots. 3. Approximately 2 dozen peer reviewed publications plus review articles. Approximately 2 dozen new species described. Primarily from deep-sea settings. 4. Editor of the World Asteroidea Database ( which provides content to EOL. 5. Author of the Echinoblog (
Curation scope
I am focused primarily in the Evolution, Systematics & Taxonomy of the Asteroidea (aka starfish or sea stars). But some limited knowledge of ophiuroids and other echinoderms