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A taxonomic review of the genus Asterostegus (Echinodermata: Ophiuroidea), with the description of a new species

Masanori OKANISHI & Toshihiko FUJITA

en European Journal of Taxonomy 2014 - Pages 1-18 (EJT-76)

Published on 06 March 2014

A revision of the genus Asterostegus Mortensen, 1933 (Echinodermata: Ophiuroidea: Euryalidae) is based on seven specimens, including the holotype of Asterostegus maini McKnight, 2003. A new species, Asterostegus sabineae sp. nov. is described from off Reunion Island and two other species, A. tuberculatus Mortensen, 1933 and A. maini, are redescribed. A tabular key to the three species of the genus Asterostegus is provided. Some terminology of the taxonomy of euryalid ophiuroids is revised.

Keywords :

Taxonomy, brittle stars, Asterostegus sabineae, new species, Indo-Western Pacific.

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