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Free Content Thelogorgia, a New Genus of Gorgonacean Octocorals, with Descriptions of Four New Species from the Western Atlantic

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The identity of the Antillean gorgonian Gorgonia richardii Lamouroux, 1816, is reconsidered and the interpretations proposed by Deichmann (1936) and Bayer (1961) are shown to be incorrect. Verrill's unpublished genus Thelogorgia, intended for material obtained by the U.S. Coast Survey steamer Blake, is now validated for western Atlantic gorgonians incorrectly identified as Keroeides richardii (Lamouroux) by Deichmann (1936) and Lignella richardii (Lamouroux) by Bayer (1961). Four new species, T. stellata, studeri, longiflora and vossi are described and illustrated by photographs, drawings and scanning electron micrographs.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 1991

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