A new species of the genus Psammogorgia (Cnidaria: Anthozoa: Octocorallia) from the Hannibal Bank in Pacific Panama
Breedy Shadid, Odalisca
Guzmán Espinal, Héctor M.
Murillo Cruz, Catalina
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The octocoral faunas occurring at mesophotic depths (from 40 to 150 m) have been relatively unexplored. Recent expeditions to Hannibal Bank, a guyot seamount off Pacific Panama, have yielded new octocoral species and new records for the tropical eastern Pacific. Herein, we describe a new species for the genus Psammogorgia Verrill, 1868a, Psammogorgia pax sp. nov., characterized by having a whitish flabellate colony with orange polyp apertures, slightly raised and sparse calyces, and colorless coenenchymal sclerites (which are mostly spindles and large wart-clubs). A preliminary molecular phylogenetic analysis supports the differences between the new species with other congener and related taxa.
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