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A New Record of Stephanasterias albula (Asteroidea: Forcipulatida: Asteriidae) from the East Sea, Korea

  • Lee, Taek-Jun (Department of Life Science, Sahmyook University) ;
  • Shin, Sook (Department of Life Science, Sahmyook University)
  • Received : 2010.10.13
  • Accepted : 2010.11.12
  • Published : 2010.11.30

Abstract

A sea star was collected with fishing nets at a depth of approximately 100-160 m in the East Sea and was identified as Stephanasterias albula (Stimpson, 1853) belonging to the family Asteriidae of the order Forcipulatida. This species characterized by having the capability of asexual reproduction by self-division turned out to be new to the Korean fauna. Its morphological characteristics are redescribed with illustrations. Thirty one species of sea stars including S. albula are now recorded from the East Sea of Korea.

Acknowledgement

Supported by : Sahmyook Universit

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