First record of Cavernulina orientalis (Thomson & Simpson, 1909) (Octocorallia: Pennatulacea: Veretillidae) from the Bay coast of Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

Veena, S and Kaladharan, P (2012) First record of Cavernulina orientalis (Thomson & Simpson, 1909) (Octocorallia: Pennatulacea: Veretillidae) from the Bay coast of Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. Zootaxa, 3204 . pp. 61-64.

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Abstract

Benthic fauna from in and around Visakhapatnam has been studied by: Radhakrishna (1964); Sudarsan (1983); Adiseshasai (1992) and Vijayakumaran (2003). Previous records have mentioned the collection of specimens of the sea pen genus Cavernularia Valenciennes, 1850 from these waters (Radhakrishna 1964) but species of the closely related (or perhaps synonymous) genus Cavernulina Kuekenthal & Broch, 1911 have not been identified until now. Pennatulaceans are quite common in benthic communities from a depth of a few metres to more than 6200 and thirty-four genera in fourteen families of living pennatulaceans are currently recognised (Williams 2011).

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:first record; Cavernulina orientalis; Octocorallia; Pennatulacea; Veretillidae; Bay coast; Visakhapatnam; Andhra Pradesh
Subjects:Invertebrata
Marine Biodiversity
Divisions:CMFRI-Visakhapatnam
CMFRI-Kozhikode
ID Code:8983
Deposited By:Arun Surendran
Deposited On:05 Jul 2012 12:06
Last Modified:03 Aug 2012 12:44

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