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Taxonomic guide and historical review of starfishes in northeastern Brazil (Echinodermata, Asteroidea).

Gondim AI, Christoffersen ML, Pereira Dias TL - Zookeys (2014)

Bottom Line: No species were recorded for the states of Maranhão and Sergipe.Sandy substrates and depths below 10 m were the least sampled areas over the continental shelf.Herein we provide a first panorama on the fauna of Asteroidea occurring in the northeast region of Brazil, hopefully to function as a basic reference for biodiversity studies in this poorly studied area.

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Affiliation: Universidade Federal da Paraíba, Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciências Biológicas (Zoologia), Departamento de Sistemática e Ecologia, Laboratório de Invertebrados Marinhos Paulo Young, Bairro Cidade Universitária s/n, CEP. 58059-900, João Pessoa, PB, Brasil.

ABSTRACT
Presently more than 1900 species of sea stars are recognized, of which 77 are recorded for the coast of Brazil. Although the first starfish record in Brazil was published 363 years ago, our knowledge of this fauna remains unsatisfactory from a systematic and ecological point of view, particularly in the north and northeastern regions of the country. This study provides the first annotated list of sea stars from northeastern Brazil. Material described herein is housed at the collections of the Federal University of Paraíba, Federal University of Sergipe, and the Federal University of Bahia, Museum of Zoology of the University of São Paulo and Museu Nacional do Rio de Janeiro. Twenty-one species were identified, belonging to 12 genera, 10 families, and 5 orders. Descriptions of species are provided. Three new occurrences were recorded for northeast Brazil: Astropectenalligator, Luidialudwigiscotti, and Mithrodiaclavigera. Highest diversities of Asteroidea were encountered for the states of Bahia (n = 14 spp), Paraíba (n = 12 spp) and Pernambuco (n = 9 spp). No species were recorded for the states of Maranhão and Sergipe. Sandy substrates and depths below 10 m were the least sampled areas over the continental shelf. Herein we provide a first panorama on the fauna of Asteroidea occurring in the northeast region of Brazil, hopefully to function as a basic reference for biodiversity studies in this poorly studied area.

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Some common starfishes in their natural habitat. ALuidiasenegalensis in a sand beach BAstropectenmarginatus in a hypersaline mangrove COreasterreticulatus in a sand beach DLinckiaguildingi on coral reefs EEchinaster (Othilia) echinophorus in seagrass beds and FEchinaster (Othilia) echinophorus over the muddy bottom of a hypersaline mangrove. Photos: Thelma LP Dias.
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Figure 12: Some common starfishes in their natural habitat. ALuidiasenegalensis in a sand beach BAstropectenmarginatus in a hypersaline mangrove COreasterreticulatus in a sand beach DLinckiaguildingi on coral reefs EEchinaster (Othilia) echinophorus in seagrass beds and FEchinaster (Othilia) echinophorus over the muddy bottom of a hypersaline mangrove. Photos: Thelma LP Dias.

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Taxonomic guide and historical review of starfishes in northeastern Brazil (Echinodermata, Asteroidea).

Gondim AI, Christoffersen ML, Pereira Dias TL - Zookeys (2014)

Some common starfishes in their natural habitat. ALuidiasenegalensis in a sand beach BAstropectenmarginatus in a hypersaline mangrove COreasterreticulatus in a sand beach DLinckiaguildingi on coral reefs EEchinaster (Othilia) echinophorus in seagrass beds and FEchinaster (Othilia) echinophorus over the muddy bottom of a hypersaline mangrove. Photos: Thelma LP Dias.
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Figure 12: Some common starfishes in their natural habitat. ALuidiasenegalensis in a sand beach BAstropectenmarginatus in a hypersaline mangrove COreasterreticulatus in a sand beach DLinckiaguildingi on coral reefs EEchinaster (Othilia) echinophorus in seagrass beds and FEchinaster (Othilia) echinophorus over the muddy bottom of a hypersaline mangrove. Photos: Thelma LP Dias.
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Bottom Line: No species were recorded for the states of Maranhão and Sergipe.Sandy substrates and depths below 10 m were the least sampled areas over the continental shelf.Herein we provide a first panorama on the fauna of Asteroidea occurring in the northeast region of Brazil, hopefully to function as a basic reference for biodiversity studies in this poorly studied area.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: Universidade Federal da Paraíba, Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciências Biológicas (Zoologia), Departamento de Sistemática e Ecologia, Laboratório de Invertebrados Marinhos Paulo Young, Bairro Cidade Universitária s/n, CEP. 58059-900, João Pessoa, PB, Brasil.

ABSTRACT
Presently more than 1900 species of sea stars are recognized, of which 77 are recorded for the coast of Brazil. Although the first starfish record in Brazil was published 363 years ago, our knowledge of this fauna remains unsatisfactory from a systematic and ecological point of view, particularly in the north and northeastern regions of the country. This study provides the first annotated list of sea stars from northeastern Brazil. Material described herein is housed at the collections of the Federal University of Paraíba, Federal University of Sergipe, and the Federal University of Bahia, Museum of Zoology of the University of São Paulo and Museu Nacional do Rio de Janeiro. Twenty-one species were identified, belonging to 12 genera, 10 families, and 5 orders. Descriptions of species are provided. Three new occurrences were recorded for northeast Brazil: Astropectenalligator, Luidialudwigiscotti, and Mithrodiaclavigera. Highest diversities of Asteroidea were encountered for the states of Bahia (n = 14 spp), Paraíba (n = 12 spp) and Pernambuco (n = 9 spp). No species were recorded for the states of Maranhão and Sergipe. Sandy substrates and depths below 10 m were the least sampled areas over the continental shelf. Herein we provide a first panorama on the fauna of Asteroidea occurring in the northeast region of Brazil, hopefully to function as a basic reference for biodiversity studies in this poorly studied area.

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