A new species of deep-water Holothuroidea (Echinodermata) of the genus Synallactes from off western Mexico


  • Claude Massin Department of Recent Invertebrates, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
  • Michel E. Hendrickx Laboratorio de Invertebrados Bentónicos, Unidad Académica Mazatlán, Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México




Holothuroidea, Synallactes n. sp., club-shaped ossicles, deep water, East Pacific, Mexico


An undescribed species of Synallactes was collected during a deep-water benthic fauna survey off the Pacific coast of Mexico in the East Pacific, with the R/V El Puma. This new species differs from all the other known Synallactes by the presence of huge massive rods in the tube feet, some of them club-shaped. The later ossicle shape is unique among Holothuroidea. This is the first record of a Synallactes in the Gulf of California.


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Massin C, Hendrickx ME. A new species of deep-water Holothuroidea (Echinodermata) of the genus Synallactes from off western Mexico. Sci. mar. [Internet]. 2010Sep.30 [cited 2024Apr.19];74(3):599-603. Available from: https://scientiamarina.revistas.csic.es/index.php/scientiamarina/article/view/1187