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Distributed for French National Museum Natural History

Stylasteridae (Cnidaria: Hydrozoa: Anthoathecata) of the New Caledonian Region

Tropical Deep-Sea Benthos Volume 28

Tropical Deep-Sea Benthos is a series dedicated to the inventory and description of the deep-sea fauna of the world, with special emphasis on their most extensive—but remote and least-explored—habitats: the Indo-West Pacific. Growing out of marine expeditions undertaken by the French National Museum of Natural History and the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, the series continues to present many new, strange, and sometimes colorful invertebrates.

The present volume presents results from recent expeditions within the New Caledonian Exclusive Economic Zone, reporting ninety-eight species (including fifty-seven new species) of corals from the Stylasteridae family and one new calcified species of hydrozoa from the family Hydractiniidae. Including numerous seamounts, submarine ridges, and small islands, New Caledonia’s deep-sea benthos are ideal habitat for stylasterids, making it the most species-rich marine region in the world for this taxon.

361 pages | 10 color plates, 91 halftones, 99 maps, 11 tables | 8 1/2 x 10 3/4 | © 2015

Biological Sciences: Natural History

Table of Contents



Material and Methods

Institutions and Museums

Systematic Account
Genus Lepidopora Pourtalès, 1871
Genus Leptohelia Linder, Cairns & Zibrowius, 2014
Genus Sporadopora Moseley, 1879
Genus Adelopora Cairns, 1982
Genus Lepidotheca Cairns, 1983b
Genus Inferiolabiata Broch, 1951
Genus Componospina n.gen.
Genus Errina Gray, 1835
Genus Stephanohelia Cairns, 1991a
Genus Systemapora Cairns, 1983b
Genus Distichopora Lamarck, 1816
Genus Stylaster Gray, 1831
Genus Calyptopora Boschma, 1968
Genus Stenohelia Kent, 1870
Genus Conopora Moseley, 1879
Genus Paraconopora n.gen.
Genus Crypthelia Milne Edwards & Haime, 1849
Genus Pseudocrypthelia Cairns, 1983c
Genus Astya Stechow, 1921
Family Hydractiniidae Agassiz, 1862
Genus Distichozoon n.gen. 

Appendix: List of Stations and Taxa

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