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Redescription of the Mediterranean endemic sea-pen Crassophyllum thessalonicae (Octocorallia: Pteroeididae)

  • Kostantinos Fryganiotis (a1), Chryssanthi Antoniadou (a1), Chariton Chintiroglou (a1) and Dimitris Vafidis (a2)

Five colonies of the rare pennatulacean Crassophyllum thessalonicae were recently collected from Thermaikos Gulf (north-east Mediterranean), which allowed a study of their biometry; accordingly, new features are added to the original description of the species. Based on these data the morphological characters that distinguish C. thessalonicae from its congeners are reviewed.

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Correspondence should be addressed to: K. Fryganiotis, Department of Zoology, School of Biology, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece email:
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Marine Biodiversity Records
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