Stichopathes

Wagner, Daniel & Shuler, Andrew, 2017, The black coral fauna (Cnidaria: Antipatharia) of Bermuda with new records, Zootaxa 4344 (2), pp. 367-379: 372

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https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4344.2.11

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scientific name

Stichopathes
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Stichopathes  sp.

Stichopathes  sp. forms unbranched colonies that are up to 1 m in height or more and coiled distally ( Figure 4aView FIGURE 4). The skeletal spines are subcylindrical and covered with distinct tubercles towards their distal third ( Figure 4d –eView FIGURE 4). Polypar spines are generally 190–300 µm in height, whereas abpolypar spines are only 150–240 µm in height ( Figure 4d –eView FIGURE 4). Skeletal spines are arranged in axial rows with adjoining rows offset in a spiral pattern around the corallum ( Figure 4dView FIGURE 4). Spine spacing is fairly even within each row, and typically ranges between 400–575 µm ( Figure 4dView FIGURE 4). The polyps are up 1.0– 1.5 mm in transverse diameter, and spaced 1.0– 1.7 mm apart ( Figure 4cView FIGURE 4). The coloration of living colonies was unfortunately not documented as part of this study. As noted earlier, the morphology of the spines of this species resembles a syntype of S. pourtalesi  ( MCZ 90362View Materials), which was collected at 232 m off Cuba, and recently reassigned to an undescribed species within the genus Stichopathes ( Bo & Opresko, 2015)  . This reassignment was a result of the realization that the type series of S. pourtalesi  contains multiple species ( Bo & Opresko, 2015). Future studies will need to be undertaken in order to define the diagnostic characters of Stichopathes  sp., as well as to document its biogeographical distribution. Stichopathes  sp. specimens examined as part of this study were collected from Bermudan waters at depths ranging between 279–304 m ( Table 1).

MCZ

Museum of Comparative Zoology

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Cnidaria

Class

Anthozoa

Order

Antipatharia

Family

Antipathidae

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Stichopathes

Wagner, Daniel & Shuler, Andrew 2017
2017
Loc

Stichopathes (

Bo & Opresko 2015
2015
Loc

Stichopathes

Brook 1889
1889
Loc

S. pourtalesi

Brook 1889
1889
Loc

S. pourtalesi

Brook 1889
1889