Abstract

The genera Asterodiscides A. M. Clark, Paulia Gray and Amphiaster Verrill are compared and assigned to a new family. The relationship between Paulia and Pauliella is discussed. Five new species and one new subspecies are described for the genus Asterodiscides with the holotype of the type-species, Asterodiscus  elegans Gray, being fully described for the first time. Asterodiscus hiroi Hayashi is considered to be conspecific with A. helenotus (Fisher) and two juvenile specimens of the species are described. Examination of many juvenile specimens has allowed an assessment to be made of the relative constancy of form of the various structural elements used in determining specific limits within the family. A key is given to the genera and species of the family.

 
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Rowe, 1977, Rec. Aust. Mus. 31(5): 187–233
Author
Francis W. E. Rowe
Year
1977
Title
A new family of Asteroidea (Echinodermata), with the description of five new secies and one new subspecies of Asterodiscides
Serial Title
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume
31
Issue
5
Start Page
187
End Page
233
DOI
10.3853/j.0067-1975.31.1977.209
Language
English
Date Published
30 September 1977
Cover Date
30 September 1977
ISSN
0067-1975
CODEN
RAUMAJ
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Subjects
ECHINODERMATA; TAXONOMY
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17 December 2008
Available Online
02 March 2009
Reference Number
209
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