Vol 2 Num 1




Polyps of the families Atorellidae and Nausithoidae (Scyphozoa: Coronatae) new to the Brazilian fauna

Gerhard Jarms

Zoologisches Institut und Zoologisches Museum, Universität Hamburg
Martin-Luther-King Platz 3, 20146 Hamburg, Germany
phone: +49-40-428382086
fax: +49-40-428382086
email: Gerhard.Jarms@zoologie.uni-hamburg.de

André Carrara Morandini

Departament of Zoology, University of São Paulo
Caixa Postal 11461, 05422-970, São Paulo, SP, Brazil
phone: +55-11-30917619
fax: +55-11-30917513
email: acmorand@usp.br

Fábio Lang da Silveira

Departament of Zoology, University of São Paulo
Caixa Postal 11461, 05422-970, São Paulo, SP, Brazil
phone: +55-11-30917619
fax: +55-11-30917513
email: fldsilve@usp.br

keywords
Coronatae Nausithoe Atorella Brazil

publication date: 04-29-2002





Abstract
Solitary scyphistomae of the scyphozoan order Coronatae were sorted from samples collected at 12 oceanographic stations of the Revizee-Score Sul/Bentos project along the Brazilian coast. The 201 specimens were found, at depths between 133-808 m, growing on stony corals. These scyphistomae were assigned to the families Nausithoidae (186) and Atorellidae (15) based on the outer morphology of the periderm tubes. The number and shape of the cusps, and the presence of second order teeth in some of them, suggests that the polyps should be split into four types, two of them assigned to Nausithoe  Kölliker, 1853 and two others to Atorella  Vanhöffen, 1902. Living stephanoscyphistomae should be collected and reared to further resolve the taxonomy of these scyphozoans.

Cited species
check for this species in other resources Atorella  vanhoeffeni 
check for this species in other resources Linuche  unguiculata   (Swartz, 1788)
check for this species in other resources Nausithoe  aurea   Silveira and Morandini, 1997
check for this species in other resources Nausithoe  maculata  
check for this species in other resources Nausithoe  planulophora  
check for this species in other resources Nausithoe  marginata  
check for this species in other resources Nausithoe  werneri 
check for this species in other resources Nausithoe  thieli 
check for this species in other resources Stephanoscyphistoma  corniformis   (Komai, 1936)
check for this species in other resources Thecoscyphus  zibrowii 



Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo, Fapesp
Centro de Referência em Informação Ambiental, CRIA
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