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Taxonomic Notes on Juvenile Homolax megalops (Alcock 1894) from Kollam, Southwest Coast of India, Arabian Sea


The present study reports the taxonomic notes on Homolax megalops (Alcock 1894) off Kollam, Southeastern Arabian Sea. Homolax displayed close relationship with Paromola species, even though these were found to differ with respect to the length of pseudorostral spines. Additionally, the study documented the DNA sequences and genetic divergence between the genus Homolax and Homola (COI: 27.3%). Phylogenetic relationship of Homolidae with available 16S sequences from GenBank was also documented..

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The authors express thanks to the Department of Science and Technology, India for a financial grant towards the Fast Track Scheme for Young Scientists (SR/FT/LS-73/2012, SERB). They express their gratitude to the Director, CMFRI for the facilities provided and encouragement. Thanks are also due to Dr. T.Y. Chan, Professor, and Director, National Taiwan Ocean University for confirmation of the species.

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Chakraborty, R.D., Maheswarudu, G. & Purushothaman, P. Taxonomic Notes on Juvenile Homolax megalops (Alcock 1894) from Kollam, Southwest Coast of India, Arabian Sea. Thalassas 37, 353–356 (2021).

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  • Deep-sea
  • Cytochrome c oxidase
  • Homolax
  • Mitochondrial DNA