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A taxonomic revision of the genus Apostichopus (Holothuroidea: Stichopodidae) from Japan
Woo, S.P.; Ogawa, A.; Hwai Tan, S.; Yasin, Z.; Kajihara, H.; Fujita, T. (2017). A taxonomic revision of the genus Apostichopus (Holothuroidea: Stichopodidae) from Japan. Zootaxa 4350(1): 121. https://hdl.handle.net/10.11646/zootaxa.4350.1.7
In: Zootaxa. Magnolia Press: Auckland. ISSN 1175-5326; e-ISSN 1175-5334, more
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Keywords
    Classification > Taxonomy
    Spicules
    Apostichopus Liao, 1980 [WoRMS]
Author keywords
    Sea cucumber

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  • Woo, S.P.
  • Ogawa, A.
  • Hwai Tan, S.
  • Yasin, Z.
  • Kajihara, H.
  • Fujita, T.

Abstract
    Complete redescriptions of sea cucumbers in the genus Apostichopus Liao, 1980 are provided using the type specimens and specimens deposited in the National Museum of Nature and Science, Tsukuba, Japan. The genus consists of A. armatus (Selenka, 1867) and A. japonicus (Selenka, 1867), which can be distinguished by some spicules in the dorsal body wall; the rim of reduced table spicules in A. armatus is spinous, while that in A. japonicus is smooth. Spicules from the tentacles, papillae, tube feet, and cloaca are similar for both species.

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