Myriopathidae Opresko, 2001,

Wagner, Daniel & Shuler, Andrew, 2017, The black coral fauna (Cnidaria: Antipatharia) of Bermuda with new records, Zootaxa 4344 (2), pp. 367-379: 375

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Myriopathidae Opresko, 2001


Family Myriopathidae Opresko, 2001 

The family Myriopathidae  is characterized by polyps with six primary and four secondary mesenteries that are 0.5– 1.0 mm in transverse diameter, and possess short tentacles with rounded tips. The skeletal spines of the Myriopathidae  are usually needle-shaped on smaller branches, and frequently forked or antler-like on larger branches ( Bo, 2008; France et al., 2007; Opresko & Sanchez, 2005; Opresko, 2001;) Two genera, Cupressopathe s and Tanacetipathes  , have previously been reported from Bermuda ( Locke et al., 2013). However, Cupressopathe s was incorrectly reported from Bermuda due to an incorrect synonymization between Antipathes gracilis  , which occurs throughout the Western Atlantic ( Opresko, 2009; Opresko & Sanchez, 2005; Warner, 2005; Padilla & Lara, 2003; Cairns et al., 1993; Warner, 1981), and Cupressopathes gracilis  , which is only known from the Indo-Pacific (Opresko, 2001). Tanacetipathes  is the only genus within the family Myriopathidae  that is currently known from Bermuda, and was documented as part of this study as well ( Table 1).