Holothuria (Semperothuria) roseomaculata n. sp. (Aspidochirotida: Holothuriidae), a coral-reef inhabiting sea cucumber from the western Pacific Ocean

Kerr, Alexander M. (2013) Holothuria (Semperothuria) roseomaculata n. sp. (Aspidochirotida: Holothuriidae), a coral-reef inhabiting sea cucumber from the western Pacific Ocean. Zootaxa, 3641 (4). pp. 384-394.

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Abstract

Holothuria (Semperothuria) roseomaculata n. sp. is described from the main islands of Yap, Federated States of Micronesia. The ossicles are similar to those of its sister species, the sympatric H. (S.) flavomaculata Semper, 1868, but the new species is easily recognised, both in the field and among preserved specimens, by its much larger, rose-coloured dorsal papillae that fade to white in alcohol. Holothuria (S.) roseomaculata n. sp. appears to be an endemic of the tropical westernmost Pacific Ocean; it has been recorded from Okinawa to New Caledonia.

Item ID: 30151
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1175-5334
Keywords: Holothuroidea, Echinodermata, Yap, Caroline Islands, Micronesia, Melanesia
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2013 05:32
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences @ 100%
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