A new species of deep-water Holothuroidea (Echinodermata) of the genus Synallactes from off western Mexico
Claude Massin and Michel E. Hendrickx
An undescribed species of Synallactes was collected during a deep-water benthic fauna survey off the Pacific coast of Mexico in the East Pacific, with the R/V El Puma. This new species differs from all the other known Synallactes by the presence of huge massive rods in the tube feet, some of them club-shaped. The later ossicle shape is unique among Holothuroidea. This is the first record of a Synallactes in the Gulf of California.
Keywords: Holothuroidea, Synallactes n. sp., club-shaped ossicles, deep water, East Pacific, Mexico.
Sci. Mar. 74(3) : 599-603
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