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Redescription of Bedotella armata from Biscay Bay, northern Spain, the type species of Bedotella Stechow, 1913 (Cnidaria, Hydrozoa, Lafoeidae), with comments on its taxonomic position

  • Antonio C. Marques
  • Alvaro Altuna
  • Alvaro L. Penña Cantero
  • Alvaro E. Migotto
Conference paper
Part of the Developments in Hydrobiology book series (DIHY, volume 178)

The circalittoral and bathyal genus Bedotella, comprising a unique known species endemic to the North European Atlantic (Lusitanian Province), Bedotella armata (Pictet, C. & M. Bedot, 1900) is redescribed based on a specimen from the Bay of Biscay, North Spain. As the holotype of the species, originally described as Campanularia armata, is sterile and incomplete, the present re-description includes new data concerning its morphometry, including gonothecae, and cnidom, as well as all the literature. The diagnostic characters of Bedotella armata are the presence of globular nematothecae, the campanuliform hydrothecae, and flabelliform, gigantic gonothecae. We corroborate the hypotheses of affinities of Bedotella with hydroids of the Hebellinae, most possibly with the genus Halisiphonia.

Key words: Hydrozoa, Leptothecata, Hebellinae, systematics, hydroids

Keywords

Basque Country Short Pedicel Radial Canal Royal Ontario Museum Life Cycle Pattern 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonio C. Marques
    • 1
  • Alvaro Altuna
    • 2
  • Alvaro L. Penña Cantero
    • 3
  • Alvaro E. Migotto
    • 4
  1. 1.Departamento de ZoologiaInstituto de Biociências, Universidade de São PauloSão PauloBrazil
  2. 2.Paseo de ArriolaSpain
  3. 3.Departamento de Biologìa Animal, Facultad de Ciencias BiológicasUniversidad de ValenciaValenciaSpain
  4. 4.Centro de Biologia MarinhaUniversidade de São PauloSão PauloBrazil

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