Asteromorpha capensis ( Mortensen, 1925 )

Baker, Alan N., Okanishi, Masanori & Pawson, David L., 2018, Euryalid brittle stars from the International Indian Ocean Expedition 1963 - 64 (Echinodermata: Ophiuroidea: Euryalida), Zootaxa 4392 (1), pp. 1-27: 4-5

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https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4392.1.1

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scientific name

Asteromorpha capensis ( Mortensen, 1925 )
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Asteromorpha capensis ( Mortensen, 1925) 

( Fig. 2A –DView FIGURE 2)

Astroschema capensis Mortensen, 1925: 152  , figs. 4–5.

Asteromorpha capensis  .— Okanishi et al., 2013: 462, figs. 2–5; Olbers et al., 2014: 14, pl. 1F.

Material Examined. All from off the southern part of Mozambique, as follows: USNM 1072548View Materials, Anton Bruun Cruise 7, Station 371E, 24° 46’S, 35° 20’E, 132 m, 18 August 1964, 2 specimensGoogleMaps  ; USNM 1072557View Materials, Anton Bruun Cruise 7, Station 371D, 24° 46’S, 35° 20’E, 165 m, 18 August 1964, 1 specimen ( Fig. 2A –BView FIGURE 2)GoogleMaps  ; USNM 1072559View Materials, Anton Bruun Cruise 7 Station 371F, 24° 46’S, 35° 18’E, 110m, 18 August 1964, 5 specimensGoogleMaps  ; USNM 1072569View Materials, Anton Bruun Cruise 8, Station 403E, 19° 09’S, 36° 55’E, 88 m, 9 October 1964, 7 specimensGoogleMaps  .

Remarks. This is the only the second time the species has been recorded since the type was collected off the Umvoti River, Natal, South Africa ( Mortensen 1925). Sink et al. (2006) listed this species from Sodwana Bay in northern KwaZulu-Natal, and noted (p. 470) that it “was commonly attached to the gorgonian Nicella dichotoma  ”. Okanishi et al. (2013) described and illustrated the rediscovered holotype and three additional specimens collected from off Somalia and Madagascar. The present specimens are from the same general area, off the central coast of Mozambique. They align with the aforementioned descriptions. The disc is covered with granules, radial shields broad distally ( Fig. 2A, CView FIGURE 2), arms annulated proximally with two short rough-tipped spines ( Fig. 2B, DView FIGURE 2). The only variations noticed were the presence of two distinct sizes of granules on the aboral surface of the disc; those on the underside of the disc and arms are very fine. The arms are color-banded.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Echinodermata

Class

Ophiuroidea

Order

Euryalida

Family

Euryalidae

Genus

Asteromorpha

Loc

Asteromorpha capensis ( Mortensen, 1925 )

Baker, Alan N., Okanishi, Masanori & Pawson, David L. 2018
2018
Loc

Astroschema capensis

Mortensen, 1925 : 152
Loc

Asteromorpha capensis

Olbers et al., 2014 : 14