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First record of Holothuria (Theelothuria) notabilis (Holothuroidea: Aspidochirotida) from the Beibu Gulf: northward range expansion in the South China Sea

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  11 September 2014

Jianjun Xia
Affiliation:
CAS Key Laboratory of Tropical Marine Bio-resources and Ecology (LMB), Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Applied Marine Biology, South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 164 West Xingang Road, Guangzhou 510301, China
Lvping Zhang
Affiliation:
CAS Key Laboratory of Tropical Marine Bio-resources and Ecology (LMB), Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Applied Marine Biology, South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 164 West Xingang Road, Guangzhou 510301, China
Zonghe Yu
Affiliation:
CAS Key Laboratory of Tropical Marine Bio-resources and Ecology (LMB), Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Applied Marine Biology, South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 164 West Xingang Road, Guangzhou 510301, China
Ting Chen
Affiliation:
CAS Key Laboratory of Tropical Marine Bio-resources and Ecology (LMB), Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Applied Marine Biology, South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 164 West Xingang Road, Guangzhou 510301, China
Chaoqun Hu*
Affiliation:
CAS Key Laboratory of Tropical Marine Bio-resources and Ecology (LMB), Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Applied Marine Biology, South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 164 West Xingang Road, Guangzhou 510301, China
*
Correspondence should be addressed to: C. Hu, 164 West Xingang Road, Guangzhou 510301, China email: hucq@scsio.ac.cn
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Abstract

The sea cucumber Holothuria (Theelothuria) notabilis for the first time is reported from the Beibu Gulf, South China Sea. A morphological description of this new record with colour figures and scanning electron microcopy images of its ossicles are provided. This finding widens the geographical range of H. (T.) notabilis and indicates that this species may expand northwards in the South China Sea. With our new record, the subgenus theelothuria is now represented by three species in China.

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Copyright © Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 2014 

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