A new coral inhabiting barnacle of the genus Chionelasmus (Cirripedia, Balanomorpha) from New Caledonia, Southwest Pacific


en Zoosystema 20 (2) - Pages 167-176

Published on 13 July 1998

This article is a part of the thematic issue Papers in honour of Alain Crosnier

This paper describes Chionelasmus crosnieri n.sp., from a guyot on the northern part of Norfolk Ridge, to the south of New Caledonia. This new species, within the previously monospecific genus Chionelasmus, inhabits a living octocoral, Muricides sp. indet. Comments on the distribution and habitat of the new species are provided, including a proposal for the method by which the cyprid larva of C. crosnieri gained access to the axial skeleton of the octocoral.

Keywords :

Chionelasmus, Eolasmatinae, Balanomorpha, Cirripedia, New Caledonia, Southwest Pacific.

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