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Breedy et al. 2013


scientific article | Zookeys | open access

Two new species of gorgonian octocorals from the Tropical Eastern Pacific Biogeographic Region (Cnidaria, Anthozoa, Gorgoniidae)

Breedy O, Williams GC, Guzman HM


Abstract

The gorgoniid Eugorgia is exclusively an eastern Pacific genus. It has a wide geographic and bathymetric range of distribution, found from California to PerĂº and extends down to 65 m deep. Two new species are herein described. The morphological characters were analyzed and illustrated by light and scanning electron microscopy. Eugorgia beebei sp. n. can be distinguished by its white, ascending, sparse colony growth. Eugorgia mutabilis sp. n. can be distinguished by its white colony that changes color after collection, and the conspicuous sharp-crested disc sclerites. From a morphological point of view the new species are related to the daniana-group, the rubens-group and the siedenburgae-group of Eugorgia; their affiliations, and the proposal of a new group are discussed. These new species increases the number of species in the genus to 15, and contribute to the knowledge of the eastern Pacific octocoral biodiversity.

Keywords
Meta-data
Depth range
50- 60 m

Mesophotic “mentions”
1 x (total of 4465 words)

Classification
* Presents original data
* Reports new species
* Focused on `mesophotic` depth range
* Focused on `mesophotic coral ecosystem`
* Focused on 'temperate mesophotic ecosystem'

Fields
Biodiversity
Taxonomy

Focusgroups
Octocorallia (Soft Corals)

Locations
Costa Rica - Pacific Ocean
Mexico - Baja California
Peru

Platforms
Land-based

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