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Samimi-Namin et al. 2016


scientific article | Zookeys | open access

A new species of Melithaea (Anthozoa, Octocorallia, Melithaeidae) from the Oman Sea, off Oman

Samimi-Namin K, van Ofwegen LP, McFadden CS


Abstract

A new species, Melithaea davidi sp. n., is described from the eastern coast of Oman, Oman Sea, in the northwestern Indian Ocean, where it differs from its congeners in lacking capstans and having predominantly spindles in the coenenchyme. A molecular phylogenetic analysis of mtMutS and 28S rDNA genes suggests that it is genetically distinct from similar species in the Red Sea. Furthermore, a species previously reported as Acabaria sp. from the Arabian Sea is now identified as Melithaea mabahissi (Hickson, 1940).

Keywords
Meta-data
Depth range
79- 79 m

Mesophotic “mentions”
1 x (total of 2603 words)

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

Fields
Taxonomy

Focusgroups
Octocorallia (Soft Corals)

Locations
Oman

Platforms
SCUBA (open-circuit or unspecified)

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