New species of deep-sea Heteropolypus soft corals (Anthozoa: Octocorallia) from the Kurile Islands, Sea of Okhotsk (Northwest Pacific), with summary data on distinctive characters of the known species of the genus

  • The present paper records two new species of deep-sea soft corals, Heteropolypus annae sp. nov. and H. roseus sp. nov., from the area of the Kurile Islands, Sea of Okhotsk, Northwest Pacific. Distinctive characters for each new species are provided and depicted with scanning electron microscopy imaging. The present finding of previously undescribed species emphasizes the need for further surveys, particularly in deeper waters in the area to improve knowledge of the deep-sea Octocorallia fauna in the Far East seas. The distribution of species of Heteropolypus in the temperate Northwest Pacific and their taxonomy characters are discussed based on the published literature and own data. A modified diagnosis of the genus is proposed.

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Author:Tatiana N. Dautova
Parent Title (German):European journal of taxonomy
Series (Serial Number):European journal of taxonomy : EJT (806:128–147)
Publisher:Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle
Place of publication:Paris
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2022/03/28
Date of first Publication:2022/03/28
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2022/03/28
Tag:Heteropolypus annae sp. nov.; Heteropolypus roseus sp. nov.; Northwest Pacific; Octocorallia; deep-sea corals
Page Number:20
First Page:128
Last Page:147
Dewey Decimal Classification:5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 59 Tiere (Zoologie) / 590 Tiere (Zoologie)
Sammlungen:Sammlung Biologie / Sondersammelgebiets-Volltexte
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung 4.0