Metallogorgia melanotrichos (Wright & Studer, 1889)

Xu, Yu, Zhan, Zifeng & Xu, Kuidong, 2020, Morphology and phylogenetic analysis of five deep-sea golden gorgonians (Cnidaria, Octocorallia, Chrysogorgiidae) in the Western Pacific Ocean, with the description of a new species, ZooKeys 989, pp. 1-37: 1

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Metallogorgia melanotrichos (Wright & Studer, 1889)


Metallogorgia melanotrichos (Wright & Studer, 1889)   Figures 7 View Figure 7 , 8 View Figure 8 , 9 View Figure 9 , 10 View Figure 10 ; Tables 2, 3

Dasygorgia melanotrichos   Wright & Studer, 1889: 15, pl. IV, fig. 3, pl. V, fig. 5.

Metallogorgia melanotrichos   : Versluys, 1902: 87.

Metallogorgia melanotrichos   : Nutting, 1908: 593-594, pl. LI, fig. 5.

Metallogorgia melanotrichos   : Kükenthal, 1919: 503.

Metallogorgia melanotrichos   : Pasternak, 1981: 51.

Type locality.

Ascension Island in the South Atlantic Ocean, 778 m depth ( Wright and Studer 1889).

Voucher specimens.

MBM286485, station FX-Dive 222 (10°04.73'N, 140°09.45'E), depth 1839 m, 10 June 2019; MBM286486, station FX-Dive 227 (10°37.92'N, 140°05.62'E), depth 1706 m, 15 June 2019. They were collected from two seamounts (tentatively named as M5 and M8, respectively) located on the Caroline Ridge in the West Pacific Ocean.


(extended on the basis of Versluys 1902; Kükenthal 1919; Mosher and Watling 2009). In adults, main stem monopodial with a few large branches occurring on the distal end. Branching angle between these large branches usually obtuse. In each large branch, strong branchlets subdivided dichotomously and forming a sympodium pattern. In juveniles, main stem monopodial and gracile with branches producing on the lateral of the trunk randomly and subdivided dichotomously in multiple planes. Polyps conical or cylindrical, absent on the stem of adults but present in juveniles. Sclerites elongated and often crossed, arranged densely in polyps and relatively sparsely in coenenchyme. Rods longitudinally arranged in tentacles, covered with sparse fine warts. Rods longitudinally arranged on upper part of polyp body, and scales partially crosswise or transversely arranged on bottom, with nearly smooth surface. Scales transversely arranged in coenenchyme, usually with rounded ends and occasionally irregular edges. Nematozooids absent.


For morphological measurements, see Table 2 View Table 2 .


Central Indo-Pacific Ocean ( Wright and Studer 1889; Versluys 1902), Western and Central Pacific ( Nutting 1908; Pasternak 1981; present study), Atlantic Ocean, 183-2265 m depth ( Kükenthal 1919; Watling et al. 2011; Pante et al. 2012).


Metallogorgia melanotrichos   (Wright & Studer, 1889) is characterized by its completely monopodial stem, with the branches in adults occurring on the distal end, and scales in both body wall and coenenchyme (Table 3 View Table 3 ). Furthermore, M. melanotrichos   has a much more extensive distribution than its congeners, while other species have a relatively limited distribution. Our specimens match well with the original description in the sclerites, but possess a relatively larger polyp (most 2 mm, up to 4 mm vs. 1.75 mm), and longer scales in coenenchyme (up to 379 μm vs. 225 μm) ( Kükenthal 1919, Table 2 View Table 2 ). The branches of the specimen MBM286486 on one side is irregular and tend to form a fake spiral with branches subdivided dichotomously in multiple planes, while it is regular and forms a planar layer that nearly perpendicular to the trunk in the specimen MBM286485.














Metallogorgia melanotrichos (Wright & Studer, 1889)

Xu, Yu, Zhan, Zifeng & Xu, Kuidong 2020

Dasygorgia melanotrichos

Wright & Studer 1889