A new Indo-West Pacific species of Actinopyga (Holothuroidea: Aspidochirotida: Holothuriidae)

Y. Samyn, D. Vandenspiegel, C. Massin

Abstract


Actinopyga is one of the five genera commonly recognised in the family Holothuriidae. This small genus has sixteen species currently considered valid. The present paper describes a new Indo-West Pacific species, Actinopyga caerulea, of which the most striking character is its bluish coloration. The ossicle assemblage of the new species resembles mostly that of A. bannwarthi Panning, 1944 and A. flammea Cherbonnier, 1979.

Keywords


Echinodermata; Holothuroidea; <i>Actinopyga</i>; new species; Indo-Pacific



DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.1138.1.3

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