Taxonomy of Black Coral Family Myriopathidae (Anthozoa: Antipatharia) from Korea

  • Moon, Hye-Won (Department of Life Sciences, College of Natural Sciences, Ewha Womans University) ;
  • Song, Jun-Im (Department of Life Sciences, College of Natural Sciences, Ewha Womans University)
  • Published : 2008.11.30


Eight species and four genera belonging to two families of antipatharians have been reported in Korea. In the present study, the major specimens were collected from the coastal areas of Jejudo Island from 2005 to 2006, and the other ones which have been deposited in the Natural History Museum and the Department of Life Science, Ewha Womans University during the period from 1965 to 2004 were reexamined. As a result of this work, four species, Myriopathes bifaria, M. stechowi, M. ulex and Plumapathes pennacea are new to Korean antipatharian fauna. In this study, total six species including previously recorded species of the family Myriopathidae were described. And the distribution range of Myriopathes lata was turned out to be expanded from southwestern sea to the eastern sea, up to Ulleungdo Is. of Korea. Especially, the sexuality and the gonadal stage of M. lata which are collected during their reproduction period were also determined by means of histological analysis.


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