Echinoderm Fauna of the Galápagos Islands

  • Linda Yvonne Maluf
Part of the Topics in Geobiology book series (TGBI, volume 8)

Abstract

There are nearly 200 species of echinoderms reported from the Galápagos Islands and Galápagos Ridge, including five crinoids, 44 asteroids, 74 ophiuroids, 37 echinoids, and 38 holothurians. This is nearly one-third of all echinoderm species known from the central eastern Pacific (CEP) between 34°30′N and 18°S (Maluf, 1988a). Seventy percent of all CEP families, and 45% of all CEP genera are recorded from the Galápagos. Holothurians are the most poorly represented class. In fact, two orders (Apodida and Molpadiida) containing five families and 14 CEP genera, as well as one large family in the Dendrochirotida (Cucumariidae) with ten CEP genera, are not reported from the Galápagos.

Keywords

West Coast Brittle Star Galapagos Island Museum Record Carnegie Ridge 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Linda Yvonne Maluf
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  1. 1.Department of Ecology and Evolutionary BiologyUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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