Melithaeidae of Japan (Octocorallia, Alcyonacea) re-examined with descriptions of 11 new species

  title={Melithaeidae of Japan (Octocorallia, Alcyonacea) re-examined with descriptions of 11 new species},
  author={A. K. Matsumoto and L. V. van Ofwegen},
  pages={1 - 127}
  • A. K. Matsumoto, L. V. van Ofwegen
  • Published 2015
  • Biology, Medicine
  • ZooKeys
  • Abstract Japanese melithaeid type material is re-examined and re-described. The sclerites of the different species are depicted using Scanning Electron Microscopy. All Japanese species of the family Melithaeidae treated here belong to the genus Melithaea and are endemic to Japanese waters. Old museum material and newly collected specimens from Japanese waters are identified after comparison with this type material. Acabaria modesta var. abyssicola is regarded a separate species, here named… CONTINUE READING
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