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Cairns, S.D., 1986. A revision of the Northwest Atlantic Stylasteridae (Coelenterata: Hydrozoa). Smithson. Contr. Zool. 418 : 1-131.
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The 42 species of stylasterid corals (Hydrozoa: Athecata: Stylasteridae) known from the Northwest Atlantic are described and illustrated, and their distributions are mapped. Twenty-one new species are described. The study is based on specimens collected from approximately 330 localities, including the collections of the National Museum of Natural History (USNM), Museum of Comparative Zoology (Harvard), and Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami (UMML) (USA). Previous literature on the fauna is reviewed. All species are illustrated by scanning electron micrographs, and about half of the species were examined by histological serial section of decalcified specimens. A dichotomous key to the eight western Atlanta genera and tabular keys to the species of Distichopora, Stylaster, and Crypthelia are provided. Distributional patterns of the western Atlantic stylasterids and comparisons to the distributional patterns of the ahermatypic Scleractinia are discussed. Few stylasterids have widespread distributions; 93% of the species are endemic to the western Atlantic. Stylaster roseus, the only shallow-water species, has the broadest distribution in the Caribbean. Unlike the deep-water Scleractinia, stylasterids are not present in waters directly adjacent to continental land masses, and thus do not occur in the Gulf of Mexico, off northern continental South America, or off Central America. Stylasterids are usually found in shallower water than ahermatypic Scleractinia: their depth range is rarely less than 100 m or more than 1000 m, but most commonly 150-440 m. Both groups, however, are most diverse in the Lesser Antilles and share several distributional patterns, i.e., Antillena, insular Straits of Florida, and continental slopes off the southeastern United States. Descriptors: DISTICHOPORA; STYLASTER ROSEUS; CRYPTHELIA; 21 NEW SPECIES, Crypthelia floridana, Crypthelia glossopoma, Crypthelia insolita, Crypthelia tenuiseptata, Distichopora anomala, Distichopora rosalindae, Distichopora uniserialis, Distichopora yucatanensis, Errina altispina, Lepidopora biserialis, Lepidopora clavigera, Lepidotheca brochi, Lepidotheca pourtalesi, Pliobothrus echinatus, Stenohelia pauciseptata, Stylaster aurantiacus, Stylaster corallium, Stylaster inornatus, Stylaster laevigatus, Stylaster spatula figs. 1-53, maps 1-25, appendix.
Systematics, Taxonomy
Zoogeography, Biogeography (generalities), Geographic distribution
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Crypthelia Milne Edwards & Haime, 1849 (redescription)
Crypthelia floridana Cairns, 1986 (original description)
Crypthelia glossopoma Cairns, 1986 (original description)
Crypthelia insolita Cairns, 1986 (original description)
Crypthelia papillosa Cairns, 1986 (original description)
Crypthelia peircei Pourtalès, 1867 (redescription)
Crypthelia tenuiseptata Cairns, 1986 (original description)
Distichopora Lamarck, 1816 (redescription)
Distichopora anomala Cairns, 1986 (original description)
Distichopora cervina Pourtalès, 1871 (redescription)
Distichopora contorta Pourtalès, 1878 (redescription)
Distichopora foliacea Pourtalès, 1868 (redescription)
Distichopora rosalindae Cairns, 1986 (original description)
Distichopora sulcata Pourtalès, 1867 (redescription)
Distichopora uniserialis Cairns, 1986 (original description)
Distichopora yucatanensis Cairns, 1986 (original description)
Errina Gray, 1835 (redescription)
Errina altispina Cairns, 1986 (original description)
Errina cochleata Pourtalès, 1867 (redescription)
Lepidopora Pourtalès, 1871 (redescription)
Lepidopora biserialis Cairns, 1986 (original description)
Lepidopora carinata (Pourtalès, 1867) (redescription)
Lepidopora clavigera Cairns, 1986 (original description)
Lepidopora decipiens (Boschma, 1964) (redescription)
Lepidopora glabra (Pourtalès, 1867) (redescription)
Lepidotheca Cairns, 1983 (redescription)
Lepidotheca brochi Cairns, 1986 (original description)
Lepidotheca pourtalesi Cairns, 1986 (original description)
Pliobothrus Pourtalès, 1868 (redescription)
Pliobothrus echinatus Cairns, 1986 (original description)
Pliobothrus symmetricus Pourtalès, 1868 (redescription)
Pliobothrus tubulatus (Pourtalès, 1867) (redescription)
Stenohelia Kent, 1870 (redescription)
Stenohelia pauciseptata Cairns, 1986 (original description)
Stenohelia profunda Moseley, 1881 (redescription)
Stylaster Gray, 1831 (redescription)
Stylaster antillarum Zibrowius & Cairns, 1982 (redescription)
Stylaster atlanticus Broch, 1936 (status source)
Stylaster aurantiacus Cairns, 1986 (original description)
Stylaster complanatus Pourtalès, 1867 (redescription)
Stylaster corallium Cairns, 1986 (original description)
Stylaster duchassaingi Pourtalès, 1867 (redescription)
Stylaster erubescens Pourtalès, 1868 (redescription)
Stylaster filogranus Pourtalès, 1871 (redescription)
Stylaster inornatus Cairns, 1986 (original description)
Stylaster laevigatus Cairns, 1986 (original description)
Stylaster miniatus (Pourtalès, 1868) (redescription)
Stylaster roseus (Pallas, 1766) (source of synonymy)
Stylaster roseus (Pallas, 1766) (redescription)
Stylaster spatula Cairns, 1986 (original description)
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