n African Zoology - Two new species of Selenka (Echinodermata : Holothuroidea : Dendrochirotida : Phyllophoridae) from off the east coast of South Africa, with a revised key to the genus

Volume 40, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X
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Eleven specimens of dendrochirotid holothuroids, dredged from fairly deep waters (84-120 m) at several localities off the KwaZulu-Natal coast in South Africa, are here described as <I>Stolus pseudoalbescens&lt;/I&gt; n.sp. with another three specimens of perhaps the same species referred to as <I>S</I>. cf. &lt;I&gt;pseudoalbescens&lt;/I&gt; since they lack the tubercles of the new species and differ in some details of the calcareous ring and podial spicules. In addition, another new species based on a single minute specimen collected at 78 m, also from the KwaZulu-Natal coast, is described as <I>S. dentatus&lt;/I&gt; n.sp. The description of these two species increases to four the number of &lt;I&gt;Stolus&lt;/I&gt; spp. now known from South Africa: <I>S. buccalis&lt;/I&gt; (Stimpson, 1856); <I>S. kilberti&lt;/I&gt; (Rajpal & Thandar, 1999), <I>S. pseudoalbescens&lt;/I&gt; n.sp. and <I>S. dentatus&lt;/I&gt; n.sp.

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