A Systematic Study on the Ophiuroidea in Korea I. Species from The Sea of Japan and the Korean Strait

한국산 사미류의 계통분류학적 연구 I. 동해와 남해 연안에 사는 종

  • Shin, Sook (Department of Biology, College of Natural Sciences, Mokpo National University)
  • 신숙 (목포대학교 자연과학대학 생물학과)
  • Published : 1992.06.01


To perform the systematic study on Korean Ophiuroidea the specimens collected from total 92 localities in the Sea of Japan and the Korea Strait during the period from April, 1969 to October, 1991 were classified, As a result, 41 phiuroid species belonging to 18 genera, 8 families, 4 suborders and 2 orders were identified , of which 6 species, namely, Ophiactis brachygenys, Ophiactis modesta, Ophiopholis brachyactis, Amphioda cyclaspis, Amphipholis kichii, Ophionereis eurybrachyiplax have not been reported in Kiorea before. With regard to the distribution of species , 24 species (58.5%) were found only in the Korea Strait, 9 species (22.0%) occurred either in the Sea of Japan and the Korean Strait and 8 species (19.5%) only in the Sea of Japan. Ophiothrix exigua was predominantly collected from 44 localities of total 92 localities examined and also from the Korea Strait, but Ophiura sarsii was the commonest speices in the SEa of Kapn . Eighteen temperature species(43.9%) were found in the greatest number, and then 15 tropical species (36.6%) , 7 boreal species (17.1%) and 1 cosmopolitan species(2.4%) were found.