Marine Biodiversity Records

Research Article

First record of Ophionereis dolabriformis (Echinodermata: Ophiuroidea: Ophionereididae) for the Brazilian coast

Anne Isabelley Gondima1 c1, Cynthia Lara de Castro Mansoa2 and Carmen Alonsoa1

a1 Universidade Federal da Paraíba, Laboratório de Invertebrados Paulo Young, Cidade Universitária, João Pessoa, PB, CEP 58059-900, Brazil

a2 Universidade Federal de Sergipe, Campus Universitário Professor Alberto Carvalho, Rua Olimpio Grande s/n, Sítio Porto, Itabaiana, SE, CEP 49500-000, Brazil

Abstract

The present study reports the first occurrence of Ophionereis dolabriformis for Brazil and increases its bathymetric distribution upwards to 14 m. The specimens examined were from the States of Paraíba and Bahia, in north-eastern Brazil. Descriptions, geographical distributions and ecological notes about the species are provided.

(Received October 12 2009)

(Accepted December 23 2009)

Correspondence:

c1 Correspondence should be addressed to: A.I. Gondim, Universidade Federal da Paraíba, Laboratório de Invertebrados Paulo Young, Cidade Universitária, João Pessoa, PB, CEP 58059-900, Brazil email: anneisabelley@yahoo.com.br