A new species of the genus Rhopalaea (Class: Ascidiacea) from the red sea

Noa Shenkar*

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Abstract

During regular surveys and collection of ascidians along the Red Sea coast of Israel, several specimens of an undescribed species of Rhopalaea were collected. Samples were collected by SCUBA from the natural coral reef and man-made structures at depths between 10 to 40m. This is the first species of the genus Rhopalaea described from the Red Sea, which is characterized by a transparent, uncolored gelatinous tunic with elongated attachment extensions, and is distinguished by its eight atrial lobes, thoracic muscle arrangement, and branchial sac structure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-58
Number of pages8
JournalZootaxa
Volume3599
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 3 Jan 2013

Keywords

  • Ascidians
  • Coral reef
  • Elat
  • Gulf of Aqaba
  • Red Sea

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