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A new species of Ophiomisidium (Echinodermata: Ophiuroidea) from the continental shelf and slope off southern Brazil

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  15 December 2006

Michela Borges
Affiliation:
Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), Departamento de Zoologia, Instituto de Biologia, CP 6109, 13083-970, Campinas—SP, Brazil
Ana Maria G. Monteiro
Affiliation:
Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP), Departamento de Zoologia, CP 136, 15001-970, São José do Rio Preto—SP, Brazil
A. Cecília Z. Amaral
Affiliation:
Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), Departamento de Zoologia, Instituto de Biologia, CP 6109, 13083-970, Campinas—SP, Brazil

Abstract

A new species of Ophiomisidium is described and regards about reproduction are presented. It is the first species in the genus to posses, apparently, a brooding development. Very few specimens of species of Ophiomisidium have previously been collected, but over 3000 specimens of the new species were collected on the continental shelf and slope (60–810 m depth) off southern Brazil. They were obtained during the REVIZEE Programme, the first extensive surveys to examine Brazilian ophiuroids from depths greater than 200 m.

Type
Research Article
Copyright
2006 Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom

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