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New or notable records of brittle stars (Echinodermata: Ophiuroidea) from South Africa
Olbers, J.; Samyn, Y.; Griffiths, C. (2015). New or notable records of brittle stars (Echinodermata: Ophiuroidea) from South Africa. Afr. Nat. history 11: 83-116.
In: African Natural History. Iziko Museums of Cape Town: Cape Town. ISSN 1816-8396; e-ISSN 2305-7963
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    taxonomy; nomenclature; new record

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  • Olbers, J.
  • Samyn, Y.
  • Griffiths, C.

    Ophiuroid research in South Africa has not kept pace with global taxonomic research with the last major taxonomic review of the group being published in 1976. This paper documents all new records of Ophiuroidea from South Africa since (and including) 1977. These records originate from specimens housed in five zoological collections, from photographic records and from reports published in the non-taxonomic literature. A short review of the history of ophiuroid taxonomy in South Africa is also given and for each new record, key references, distribution, ecology, additional notes and, where possible, photographs, are presented. This has resulted in an additional 24 species being recorded within the mainland Exclusive Economic Zone of South Africa, elevating the total known number of ophiuroid species reported in the region to 137.

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