Marine Biodiversity Records

Research Article

New records and range extensions of Astrodictyum panamense (Ophiuroidea: Gorgonocephalidae) in the eastern Pacific Ocean

Arturo Ayala-Bocosa1, Héctor Reyes-Bonillaa1 c1, Ma. Dinorah Herrero-Pérezrula2, Mariana Walther-Mendozaa1 and Verónica Castañeda-Fernández de Laraa3 c1

a1 Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur, Departamento Académico de Biología Marina, Laboratorio de Sistemas Arrecifales, Carretera al Sur km 5.5, La Paz, B.C.S., México

a2 Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias Marinas, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Avenida Instituto Politécnico Nacional s/n, Col. Playa Palo de Santa Rita, CP 23096, La Paz, B.C.S., México

a3 The School for Field Studies, Centro para Estudios Costeros, Puerto San Carlos, B.C.S., CP 23740, México

Abstract

The ringed basket star Astrodictyum panamense is an ophiuroid resident of coral and rocky reefs from the central and southern Gulf of California and oceanic islands from the eastern Pacific. This paper presents new records of this species obtained from fieldwork and internet sources, and includes its northernmost and westernmost occurrence in the eastern Pacific (Adair Bay, Gulf of California, and Tortugas Bay, on the Pacific side of Baja California, respectively), as well as Roca Partida Island, in the Revillagigedo Archipelago.

(Online publication May 19 2011)

Correspondence:

c1 Correspondence should be addressed to: H. Reyes-Bonilla, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur, Departamento Académico de Biología Marina, Carretera al Sur km 5.5, La Paz, B.C.S., México email: hreyes@uabcs.mx