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Rynkatorpa felderi, new species, from a bathyal hydrocarbon seep in the northern Gulf of Mexico (Echinodermata: Holothuroidea: Apodida)

David L. Pawson, Doris J. Vance


Rynkatorpa felderi new species was collected at a cold hydrocarbon seep at bathyal depths in the northern Gulf of Mexico. This is the first record of a synaptid holothurian from a chemosynthetic site, and the first record of the genus Rynkatorpa in the Atlantic; all other congeners are known from the Indo-Pacific.


Echinodermata, Rynkatorpa felderi; cold seeps; Gulf of Mexico; Holothuroidea; Apodida

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ISSN 1175-5326 (Print Edition) & ISSN 1175-5334 (Online Edition)
Published by Magnolia Press, Auckland, New Zealand