Muricea (Cnidaria, Octocorallia) from Brazil, with Description of a New Species
The study of the genus Muricea Lamouroux, 1821, occurring off the Brazilian coast showed the presence of three species: M. atlantica (Riess in Kükenthal, 1919); M. midas Bayer, 1959; and M. flamma new species. A fourth was indicated only from the literature: M. laxa Verrill, 1864. M. atlantica was recorded in several localities off Cape São Tomé (22°S) south to Parcel dos Carpinteiros (32°S). M. midas type material, off the Amazon and Suriname coast (02°N and 07°N, respectively), was studied. New material of this species from southern Brazil widened its known distribution by 5,000 km (31°S). M. flamma new species was found only on the Abrolhos Bank (approximately 17°–18°S). M. laxa was previously reported off Rio de Janeiro (23°S). A key to the four species recorded off the Brazilian coast is provided.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 01 January 1995
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