Scientia Marina, Vol 66, No 4 (2002)

The status of three rare siphonophores (Cnidaria, Hydrozoa) described by Tamiji Kawamura: Bathyphysa japonica, Athorybia longifolia and Forskalia misakiensis


https://doi.org/10.3989/scimar.2002.66n4375

Francesc Pagès
Institut de Ciències del Mar (CSIC), Spain

Abstract


The holotypes of three species inquirendae siphonophores collected in Japanese waters and described by Tamiji Kawamura were re-examined. It is considered that Bathyphysa japonica is not a valid species because there are no characters that distinguish it from other Bathyphysa species; Athorybia longifolia is an incorrectly described specimen of A. rosacea; and Forskalia misakiensis is a wrongly described and badly preserved specimen, probably of F. edwardsi.

Keywords


Siphonophorae; Tamiji Kawamura; Bathyphysa; Forskalia; Athorybia

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