Deep-water Photinae (Gastropoda: Nassariidae) from eastern Africa, with descriptions of five new species

Type Article
Date 2020-10
Language English
Author(s) Fraussen Koen1, 2, Galindo Lee Ann1, Rosado Jose3
Affiliation(s) 1 : EPHE, Museum Natl Hist Nat MNHN, CNRS, Inst Systemat Evolut Biodivers ISYEB,SU,UA, CP 51,Rue Cuvier 57, F-75005 Paris, France.
2 : Leuvensestr 25, B-3200 Aarschot, Belgium.
3 : Ave Friedrich Engels 373-1, Maputo 1101, Mozambique.
Source European Journal Of Taxonomy (2118-9773) (Museum Natl Histoire Naturelle), 2020-10 , Vol. 720 , P. 144-169
DOI 10.5852/ejt.2020.720.1123
Keyword(s) Nassariidae, Photinae, Indian Ocean, eastern Africa, deep-water

Deep-water species from the western Indian Ocean off the East African coast and Madagascar, belonging to the subfamily Photinae, are discussed and compared with species from the West Pacific. Phos elegantissimus Hayashi & Habe, 1965, P. hirasei Sowerby, 1913 and P laevis Kuroda & Habe in Habe, 1961 are recorded from Mozambique and/or from Madagascar, hereby extending their known range considerably into the western Indian Ocean. The East African specimens formerly assigned to Phos roseatus Hinds, 1844 are found to differ from this West Pacific species. In total, five species arc described as new: Phos ganii sp. nov., P geminus sp. nov., P. ladoboides sp. nov., P. pulchritudus sp. nov. and P. testaceus sp. nov.

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