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Ovalidota milleri, a new genus and species of bathyal sea cucumber from the Caribbean Sea (Echinodermata: Holothuroidea: Apodida)



Ovalidota milleri new genus, new species, is a chiridotid holothurian with an egg-shaped body, a broad oral field surrounded by 18 19 (?20) tentacles, and body wall ossicles in the form of typical Chiridota wheels gathered into papillae and also scattered among the papillae. It is known from two localities in the Caribbean, near St. Vincent and at Grand Cayman Island, in bathyal depths of 366-414 metres. The egg-shaped body of this new genus is unique in the Order Apodida. When more material becomes available for study, Ovalidota milleri may be referred to a new family.


Echinodermata, Ovalidota milleri; Holothuroidea; Apodida; Bathyal; Caribbean

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