Title Shallow-Water Holothuroidea (Echinodermata) from Kenya and Pemba Island, Tanzania.
9075894546 / 9789075894547
Inventory number 001512
2004. 26cm. Pp.158. 33 colour photos, 60 figures, 28 tables, 2 maps, keys to the 48 species. Paperback.
Holothuroidea, commonly known as sea cucumbers, make up one of the five extant classes of echinoderms.
A total of 225 specimens, representing three orders, four families, 12 genera, 44 species and one variety, collected in the shallow-waters of Kenya and Pemba Island (Tanzania), are here investigated in detail. Of these, Bohadschia cousteaui, B. similis, Holothuria (Metriatyla) albiventer, Pearsonothuria graeffei, Thelenota anax, Euapta godeffroyi, Opheodesoma Holothuroideagrisea, O. spectabilis, and Synaptula recta are new records for Kenya (with Pemba Island), while H. (M.) timana is a new record for the western Indian Ocean.
Diagnostic characters and descriptions, including some brief notes on the ecology, are provided for most species. Identification keys up to the species level are also included.
The holothuroid fauna of Kenya (with Pemba Island) is now represented by 48 species. Shallow-Water Holothuroidea from Kenya further relates this updated and annotated taxonomic list to the holothuroid fauna of the western Indian Ocean, the area stretching from Suez to Cape Town and from the East African Coast (Red Sea and Persian Gulf included) to 65 degrees East. The motive for this extension is to promote further studies on causal zoogeography; studies that should direct the conservation of this over-exploited group.
Dr Yves Samyn is a senior researcher at the University of Brussels (VUB). He devoted his career to the study of echinoderms, his main interest being the holothuroid biodiversity in shallow-water ecosystems of the western Indian Ocean. His latest publications offer a journey into recent taxonomic, systematic, and phylogenic findings for this group. The present monograph gives an extensive species list of the shallow-water holothuroids of the region, which in turn allows important inferences in terms of their causal zoogeography.
9789075894547. Shallow-Water Holothuroidea from Kenya