Polar Biology

, Volume 31, Issue 2, pp 209–213 | Cite as

Didemnum bentarti (Chordata: Tunicata) a new species from the Bellingshausen Sea, Antarctica

  • M. M. VarelaEmail author
  • A. Ramos-Esplá
Original Paper


A new Antarctic species belonging to the genus Didemnum is described. The material was collected during the BENTART-03 cruise through the Bellingshausen Sea. The geographic and bathymetric distribution of the known Didemnum species from Antarctic and Subantarctic regions and a tabular key for the identification of these species are summarized.


Taxonomy Tunicates Didemnidae Didemnum Tabular key Bellingshausen Sea Antarctica 



The authors are grateful to Ana Ramos, the responsible scientists of the cruise, Ignacio Olaso and Marcos Tatián for their help and comments. The work was carried out under a research fellowship from the Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia, Spain.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centro de Investigaciones Marinas de Santa Pola (CIMAR)Universidad de Alicante (Spain)AlicanteSpain

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