Australian Museum Journal A new family of Asteroidea (Echinodermata), with the description of five new secies and one new subspecies of Asterodiscides

Shortform:
Rowe, 1977, Rec. Aust. Mus. 31(5): 187–233
Author(s):
Rowe, Francis W. E.
Year published:
1977
Title:
A new family of Asteroidea (Echinodermata), with the description of five new secies and one new subspecies of Asterodiscides
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
31
Issue:
5
Start page:
187
End page:
233
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.31.1977.209
Language:
English
Date published:
30 September 1977
Cover date:
30 September 1977
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
ECHINODERMATA; TAXONOMY
Digitized:
17 December 2008
Available online:
02 March 2009
Reference number:
209
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EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (72kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (6228kb PDF)

Abstract

The genera Asterodiscides A. M. Clark, Paulia Gray and Amphiaster Verrill are compared and assigned to a new family. The relationship between Paulia and Pauliella is discussed. Five new species and one new subspecies are described for the genus Asterodiscides with the holotype of the type-species, Asterodiscus  elegans Gray, being fully described for the first time. Asterodiscus hiroi Hayashi is considered to be conspecific with A. helenotus (Fisher) and two juvenile specimens of the species are described. Examination of many juvenile specimens has allowed an assessment to be made of the relative constancy of form of the various structural elements used in determining specific limits within the family. A key is given to the genera and species of the family.

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