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An overview of Bebryce (Cnidaria, Octocorallia, Plexauridae) species with tiny rosettes, with the description of a new species from the Gulf of Oman

Kaveh SAMIMI NAMIN & Leen P. VAN OFWEGEN

en Zoosystema 32 (3) - Pages 479-793

Published on 24 September 2010

A new species of Bebryce Philippi, 1842 from the Gulf of Oman is described and figured, B. inermis n. sp. It is characterized by having tiny rosettes (< 0.05 mm long) with convex surface in the surface layer of the coenenchyme, it is compared with the only four other species of Bebryce having such small rosettes, B. boninensis Aurivillius, 1931, B. cinerea Deichmann, 1936, B. stellata Hentschel, 1903 and B. studeri Whitelegge, 1897. Sclerites of B. studeri are also presented, and newly collected specimens identified as B. stellata are also described and figured.

Keywords :

Coelenterata, Cnidaria, Octocorallia, Alcyonacea, Plexauridae, Bebryce, benthos, Gulf of Oman, new species.

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