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The holothurian subgenus Mertensiothuria (Aspidochirotida: Holothuriidae) revisited
Samyn, Y.; Massin, C. (2003). The holothurian subgenus Mertensiothuria (Aspidochirotida: Holothuriidae) revisited. J. Nat. Hist. 37(20): 2487-2519
In: Journal of Natural History. Taylor & Francis: London. ISSN 0022-2933, more
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  • Samyn, Y.; Massin, C. (2003). The holothurian subgenus Mertensiothuria (Aspidochirotida: Holothuriidae) revisited, in: Samyn, Y. Towards an understanding of the shallow-water holothuroid fauna (Echinodermata: Holothuroidea) of the western Indian Ocean. pp. 78-106, more

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Document type: Dissertation

Keywords
    Taxonomy; Echinodermata [WoRMS]; Holothuria Linnaeus, 1767 [WoRMS]; Holothuroidea [WoRMS]; Holothuria (Mertensiothuria) Deichmann, 1958 [WoRMS]; Marine

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Abstract
    Mertensiothuria is one of the 20 subgenera currently recognized under Holothuria. The diagnosis of the subgenus is amended with new information on the ossicles found in the longitudinal muscles. The number of species of Mertensiothuria considered to be valid at present is six. These species are redescribed on the basis of new material, type and non-type museum marerial and on re-evaluation of literature. Two of them, Holothuria hilla, and Holothuria aphanes are transferred from the subgenus Thymiosycia to Mertensiothuria. Four species formerly referred to Mertensiothuria are removed; provisionally they are not referred to any of the known subgenera of Holothuria. Full annotated descriptions or (where the type material was not available) references to the literature are given for each species. An identification key is given to the species belonging to the subgenus Mertensiothuria.

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