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Puce, S., Cerrano C., Bavestrello G., 2002. Eudendrium (Cnidaria, Anthomedusae) from the Antarctic Ocean with description of two new species. Polar Biol. 25 2: 366-373.
Puce, S.; Cerrano, C.; Bavestrello, G.
Eudendrium (Cnidaria, Anthomedusae) from the Antarctic Ocean with description of two new species
The taxonomy of the genus Eudendrium was critically reviewed by Picard (in 1951), who introduced the type and disposition of the nematocysts as the most important character for species identification. Until now, all descriptions of Antarctic Eudendrium lacked an analysis of the cnidome, and the poor state of preservation of the specimens deposited in the museums often makes the description of this character impossible. Moreover, the gonophores were only known for a few species. This lack of data makes the taxonomic position of the greater part of Antarctic Eudendrium uncertain. In this paper, we report on three Antarctic species of the genus Eudendrium: Eudendrium scotti sp. nov. and E. generale von Lendenfeld, recorded from the material collected during the XV Italian Antarctic Expedition (1999-2000) at Terra Nova Bay, Ross Sea, and E. jaederholmi sp. nov., derived during the examination of material deposited at the Swedish Museum, classified as E. rameum by Jaderholm in 1905. Descriptors: Eudendrium jaederholmi, Eudendrium scotti
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