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Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Science
Year: 2010  |  Volume: 5  |  Issue: 1  |  Page No.: 42 - 48

Diversity of Ophiuroidea from Lengeh Portand Qeshm Island in the Persian Gulf

S.M. Reza Fatemi, S. Jamili, T. Valinassab and N. Kuranlu    

Abstract: We report on result of an investigation along Lengeh Port and Qeshm Island to determine the species of Ophiuroidea in Persian Gulf. Collection of Ophiuroids was done by hand from the total 23 locations at rocky intertidal flats of Lengeh Port and Qeshm Island in 2007. Identification of the collected samples was carried out using several keys. Two Ophiuroids species belonging to a single family Ophiocomidae, including Ophiocoma erinaceus (Müller and Troschel, 1842) and Ophiocoma scolopendrina (Lamark, 1816) were identified. Ophiocoma erinaceus has not been previously reported from the Persian Gulf (neither North nor South). Single specimen of O. erinaceus apeared to be O. erinaceus Müller and Troschel, 1842 (schoenleini M. and T.1842, form) due to one tentacle scale in most parts of arms except 6 first segments and three arm spines on fourth segment and disc granules extending into oral interradius of disc. Ophiocoma scolopendrina have shown varied color patterns. The present paper is mainly centered around and aimed at representing O. scolopendrina which with 83 records, seems to be a common species of Ophiuroidea in rocky and rocky-sandy coast of Lengeh Port and Qeshm Island. This finding indicated that further sampling especially in deeper waters would be probably resulted into finding of additional Ophiuroids taxa.

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