Deep-Water Ophiuroids (Echinodermata) Associated with Anthozoans and Hexactinellid Sponges from Northern Chile

  • Cynthia Lara de Castro Manso
  • Jéssica Prata
  • Juan Francisco Araya
Article

Abstract

Associations between ophiuroids and sponges or corals are common and well studied among shallow water species. In deep-water communities, such relationships are more difficult to observe because of the difficulty in sampling by traditional methods. In this work, five species of ophiuroids attached to corals and sponges, obtained as bycatch in commercial fishing vessels, were identified. Of the species living on corals, Asteroschema sp. was collected for the first time on the Chilean coast. Of the species from sponges, Ophiacanthella acontophora (Clark, 1911) has its first record for the Southern Hemisphere, and Histampica rugosa H.L. Clark, 1941 has the first record for the southeastern Pacific Ocean.

Keywords

Ophiuroidea South-eastern Pacific Ocean Biogenic substrate 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratório de Invertebrados Marinhos, Departamento de BiociênciasUniversidade Federal de SergipeItabaianaBrazil
  2. 2.Programa de Pós-Graduação em Geociências e Análises de BaciasUniversidade Federal de SergipeSão CristóvãoBrazil
  3. 3.Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciências Biológicas (Zoologia), Laboratório de Invertebrados Paulo Young, Departamento de Sistemática e EcologiaUniversidade Federal da ParaíbaJoão PessoaBrazil
  4. 4.Universidad de AtacamaCopiapóChile

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