Journal article

Morphological diagnoses of higher taxa in Ophiuroidea (Echinodermata) in support of a new classification

Timothy D O'Hara, Sabine Stohr, Andrew F Hugall, Ben Thuy, Alexander Martynov

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF TAXONOMY | MUSEUM NATL HISTOIRE NATURELLE | Published : 2018

Abstract

A new classifi cation of Ophiuroidea, considering family rank and above, is presented. The new family and superfamily taxa in O’Hara et al. (2017) were proposed to ensure a better readability of the new phylogeny but are unavailable under the provisions of the ICZN. Here, the morphological diagnoses to all 33 families and five superfamilies are provided. Ten new families, Ophiosphalmidae fam. nov., Ophiomusaidae fam. nov., Ophiocamacidae fam. nov., Ophiopteridae fam. nov., Clarkcomidae fam. nov., Ophiopezidae fam. nov., Ophiernidae fam. nov., Amphilimnidae fam. nov., Ophiothamnidae fam. nov. and Ophiopholidae fam. nov., are described. The family Ophiobyrsidae Matsumoto, 1915, not yet discove..

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Funding Acknowledgements

TOH and AH were supported by the Marine Biodiversity Hub, funded through the National Environmental Research Program (NERP), and administered through the Australian Government's Department of the Environment. SS was supported by Riksmusei Vanner and Langmanska Kulturfonden (SEM studies). AM was supported by a research project of MSU Zoological Museum (AAAA-A16-116021660077-3, depository of specimens) and Russian Science Foundation Grant 14-50-00029 (SEM study). We thank two anonymous referees for helpful comments.