Echinodermata associated to rhodoliths from Seixas Beach, State of Paraíba, Northeast Brazil
Keywords:Echinoderms, inventory, Brazilian coast
AbstractAbstract This study presents the species of echinoderms found inside rhodolith branches from Seixas Beach, State of Paraíba, Brazil, during one year of rhodolith sampling. A total of 64 specimens were analyzed and identified into 12 species, belonging to 11 genera, eight families and three classes. Brief taxonomic descriptions, figures and ecological notes for recorded species are provided. Ophiuroidea and Holothuroidea were the most representative taxa. Biogenic structures are an important habitat for young specimens and some small species of Echinodermata. Some species complete their life cycle in these structures, while others spend part of their life in these substrates and may also migrate to other habitats. The work complements the knowledge of echinoderm biodiversity from Northeastern of Brazil and aims to support future projects of protection and sustainable management of this area.
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Prata, J., Costa, D. A., Manso, C. L. de C., Crispim, M. C., & Christoffersen, M. L. (2017). Echinodermata associated to rhodoliths from Seixas Beach, State of Paraíba, Northeast Brazil. Biota Neotropica, 17(3). Retrieved from //www.biotaneotropica.org.br/BN/article/view/1460