Notes on Afonsoconus Tucker & Tenorio, 2013 (Gastropoda, Conidae), with description of a new species from the Southwestern Indian Ocean

Type Article
Date 2018-10
Language English
Author(s) Tenorio Manuel J.1, Monnier Eric2, Puillandre Nicolas3
Affiliation(s) 1 : Univ Cadiz, Fac Ciencias, Dept CMIM & Quim Inorgan, Inst Biomol INBIO, 1a Planta, Cadiz 11510, Spain.
2 : CNAM, Sante EPN7, Dept Chim, Vivant, 292 Rue St Martin, F-75003 Paris, France.
3 : Sorbonne Univ, Museum Natl Hist Nat, Inst Systemat Evolut Biodiversite ISYEB, EPHE, 57 Rue Cuvier,CP 26, F-75005 Paris, France.
Source European Journal Of Taxonomy (2118-9773) (Museum Natl Histoire Naturelle), 2018-10 , Vol. 472 , P. 20p.
DOI 10.5852/ejt.2018.472
Keyword(s) Mitochondrial cox1 gene, Conidae, Afonsoconus, South-West Indian Ocean

Although cone snails are among the most studied group of gastropods, new species are still regularly described. Here, we focus on Afonsoconus Tucker & Tenorio, 2013, a lineage that includes only two species from the Indo-Pacific Ocean. The analysis of molecular (partial mitochondrial cox1 gene sequences) and morphological (shell and radular tooth) characters revealed that the samples collected by dredging in deep water during a recent expedition carried out in the Mozambique Channel are different from the samples collected in the Pacific Ocean. We thus introduce here a new species, Afonsoconus crosnieri sp. nov., from the SW Indian Ocean including records from the Mozambique Channel, the Comoros and Glorieuses Islands, Madagascar, South Africa and Reunion Island.

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