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A checklist of the extant species of ophiuroids (Echinodermata: Ophiuroidea) from Brazilian waters

De Moura Barboza, Carlos Alberto [1, 2] ; Borges, Michela [3]
Total Authors: 2
[1] UFF, IB, Programa Pos Grad Biol Marinha, BR-24001970 Rio De Janeiro - Brazil
[2] Univ Fed Rio de Janeiro, IB, Dept Zool, Ilha Fundao, BR-21941902 Rio de Janeiro - Brazil
[3] Univ Estadual Campinas UNICAMP, IB, Museu Zool Prof Dr Adao Jose Cardoso, BR-13083863 Campinas, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 3
Document type: Journal article
Source: Zootaxa; n. 3447, p. 1-21, AUG 31 2012.
Web of Science Citations: 8

Species of ophiuroids in Brazilian waters were last compiled over a decade ago. Since that time, there have been many important contributions with additional diversity and species distribution data. An updated review of the number of records is necessary, as well as an identification of the gaps related to the taxonomy. We list a total of 133 species that belong to 54 genera and 16 families. This number corresponds to approximately 6% of the species described worldwide. All families have been registered, and the majority of species belongs to the family Amphiuridae (50spp), which have primarily been recovered during surveys of the shallow waters of the continental shelf. On the other hand, numerous new records (e.g. species belonging to the families Ophiacanthidae and Ophiuridae) have been registered in recent years from the deeper margins of Brazil. As ophiuroids are an abundant component of the benthic fauna, increasing occupation of coastal areas and the exploration of energy and mineral resources in the deep sea call for a better knowledge about the diversity and biogeography of the group. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 11/50724-0 - Taxonomic studies, expansion and computerization of the marine invertebrate collections of the Museum of Zoology of the State University of Campinas, with emphasis on the Echinodermata
Grantee:Michela Borges
Support type: BIOTA-FAPESP Program - Young Investigators Grants