n African Natural History - A new species of (Bryozoa: Escharinidae) from the east coast of South Africa

Volume 12, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1816-8396



A new species of Escharinidae, sp. nov., is described and illustrated from material collectedby the R.V. cruises at 90 m depth off the east coast of South Africa in 1979 and lodged in the collections of the Iziko Museums of South Africa, Cape Town and The Natural History Museum, London. The specimens were previously reported as conspecific with recent and fossil specimens from New Zealand and misidentified as (Brown, 1952) by Hayward & Cook (1983). Subsequently Gordon (2014) clarified the taxonomic status of the unique species that constitutes . In this paper we erect sp. nov., for the South African specimens based on its unique anter and sinus shape, metrics of its zooids and orifices, and the large size and position of the spine bases.

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