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Three new species of remosiid siphonophore (Siphonophora: Physonectae)

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  14 August 2009

P.R. Pugh*
Affiliation:
National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, SO14 3ZH, UK
S.H.D. Haddock
Affiliation:
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, 7700 Sandholt Road, Moss Landing, California 95039, USA
*
Correspondence should be addressed to: P.R. Pugh, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, SO14 3ZH, UK email: prp@noc.soton.ac.uk

Abstract

Three new species belonging to the family Resomiidae (Siphonophora: Physonectae) are described from material mainly collected by ROVs in the vicinity of Monterey Bay, California, USA, with some additional submersible-collected specimens from The Bahamas. Although these species, Resomia ornicephala, R. persica, and R. dunni, show some differences from those previously described, particularly in the shape of the nectophores, they have all been placed in the genus Resomia. They retain the basic characteristic of having two forms of tentilla on the same tentacle, the more proximal form, with a spirally coiled cnidoband, becoming reconfigured into the more distal form, usually with a zigzagged cnidoband, although in one of the new species the zigzagging of the cnidoband is less well-defined.

Type
Research Article
Copyright
Copyright © Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 2009

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