oa African Zoology - A new southern African genus in the holothurian family Cucumariidae (Echinodermata: Holothuroidea) with the recognition of two subspecies in Cucumaria frauenfeldi Ludwig

Volume 20, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X



A new genus Roweia in the holothurian family Cucumariidae is erected to accommodate two southem African dendrochirotids, Cucumaria frauenfeldi Ludwig and C. stephensoni John which have previously always been classified in Cucumaria (s.I.). Some intraspecific variations in R. frauenfeld; are discussed and, on this basis, the species is rediagnosed and two subspecies recognized. The species and subspecies of the new genus are keyed, their synonymy is considered and distributions mapped. New information in regard to R. stephenson; is also included.

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