Catalogue of living crinoids (Echinodermata: Crinoidea) from Brazil

Type Article
Date 2021-06
Language English
Author(s) Gondim Anne IsabelleyORCID1, 2, Bendayan De Moura RafaelORCID3, Christoffersen Martin LindseyORCID2
Affiliation(s) 1 : Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ecologia e Conservação (PPGEC), Universidade Estadual da Paraíba (UEPB), Campus I, Campina Grande, Paraíba, Brazil
2 : Laboratório de Invertebrados Paulo Young, Departamento de Sistemática e Ecologia, Universidade Federal da Paraíba (UFPB), Campus I, João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil.
3 : Laboratório de Benthos, Departamento de Biologia Marinha, Instituto de Biologia, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Source Zootaxa (1175-5326) (Magnolia Press), 2021-06 , Vol. 4995 , N. 1 , P. 27-55
DOI 10.11646/zootaxa.4995.1.2
Keyword(s) Echinoderms, sea lilies, feather-stars, diversity, South Atlantic

Knowledge of living crinoids from Brazil is chiefly restricted to the contributions of Dr Luis Roberto Tommasi between the decades of 1950 and 1970. Herein we present an updated catalogue of the crinoids occurring along the Brazilian coast, including data on synonyms, type localities, type material, geographical distribution, bathymetric ranges, and occurrences of species along the coast. The data is based on an extensive revision of the literature and on a survey of several databases. A total of 20 species were catalogued, of which two are endemic (Phrixometra longipinna var. brasiliensis and Thaumatometra minutissima). According to information from the literature, P. longipinna var. brasiliensis represents an undescribed taxon. Although Brazil supports the greatest number of crinoid species in the Southwestern Atlantic, its crinoid fauna remains understudied and likely underestimated. Research on crinoids remains a subject of great potential, not only for taxonomy but also for other areas of knowledge

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