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Hymedesmia (Porifera: Demospongiae: Poecilosclerida) from Irish and Scottish cold-water coral reefs, with a description of five new species
Goodwin, C.E.; Picton, B.E.; Van Soest, R.W.M. (2011). Hymedesmia (Porifera: Demospongiae: Poecilosclerida) from Irish and Scottish cold-water coral reefs, with a description of five new species. J. Mar. Biol. Ass. U.K. 91(5): 979-997. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1017/s0025315411000014
In: Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. Cambridge University Press/Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom: Cambridge. ISSN 0025-3154; e-ISSN 1469-7769, more
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Keyword
    Marine
Author keywords
    Porifera; Hymedesmia; Lophelia pertusa; Madrepora oculata; cold-watercoral reef fauna; bathymetry; Mingulay; Rockall; Porcupine Bank

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  • Goodwin, C.E.
  • Picton, B.E., more
  • Van Soest, R.W.M., more

Abstract
    This study describes species of the genus Hymedesmia from three areas of cold-water coral reef: Mingulay Reef Complex (Scotland, UK) and Rockall and Porcupine Banks (off UK and Irish coasts). Five new species are described: Hymedesmia (Hymedesmia) gibbosa, H. stoneae, H. tendali, H. xavierae and H. valentinae. Records are provided of other poorly known Hymedesmia species: H. bocki, H. cohesibacilla, H. curvichela, H. ebria, H. gustafsoni, H. simillima, H. irregularis, H. proxima, H. hibernica and H. primitiva. Information on distribution of other Hymedesmia species occurring in Britain and Ireland is presented. The sites studied represent a variety of depth-ranges and the data collected suggest that some Hymedesmia species may be restricted to particular bathymetric zones.

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