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|Two new gorgonian species (Anthozoa: Octocorallia: Gorgoniidae) from Ecuador (Eastern Pacific)|In: Marine Biology Research. Taylor & Francis: Oslo; Basingstoke. ISSN 1745-1000; e-ISSN 1745-1019, meer
Ecuador; Gorgoniidae; biodiversity; new species; Eastern Pacific
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- Del Mar Soler-Hurtado, M.
- López-González, P.J.
Two new gorgonian species of the gorgoniid genera Eugorgia and Leptogorgia are described from Los Ahorcados (Ecuador, Eastern Pacific). The distinctive features of Eugorgia ahorcadensis sp. nov. are the brownish-orange colour of the colony, the polyp-mounds (slightly raised with red rings) and the coenenchymal sclerites (red, yellow, some bicoloured, abundant spindles and disc-spindles with the presence of capstans, but no complete double discs or crosses). The new species is compared with its closest congeners, the Eastern Pacific species E. ampla and E. bradleyi. The distinctive features of Leptogorgia mariarosacea sp. nov. are: the red colony colour, the prominent polyp-mounds and the coenenchymal sclerites (red, no bicoloured sclerites, spindles abundant, capstans present, but no crosses). The new species is compared with its closest congeners, the Eastern Pacific species L. aequatorialis and L. diffusa.