DEEP-WATER OCTOCORALS (ANTHOZOA: CNIDARIA) COLLECTED FROM THE COLOMBIAN CARIBBEAN DURING ‘MACROFAUNA EXPLORATIONS’ 1998-2002
Octocorals are being included in a great variety of worldwide studies with the aim of analyzing taxonomy, ecology, biogeography, genetics and geochemistry, among other aspects. The study described here includes samples collected during the ‘Macrofauna’ explorations carried out by the Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas y Costeras-INVEMAR between 1998 and 2002 from shallow (20 m) to deep (500 m) waters. A total of 280 museum containers were examined. Samples were collected at 32 stations distributed along the continental shelf and upper slope of Colombian Caribbean. A total of 44 species have been recognized, 21 of them identified to species level and 23 to genus level; the species are included in 22 genera and nine families (Plexauridae, Gorgoniidae, Ellisellidae, Primnoidae, Anthothelidae, Clavulariidae, Keroeididae, Acanthogorgiidae, Chrysogorgiidae). Eight species and two genera are first records for Colombia.
Gorgonacea; Alcyonaria; Taxonomy; Colombia; Caribbean
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