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Echinoderm Fauna of Chuuk, The Federated States of Micronesia

  • Lee, Taekjun (College of Life Sciences and Biotechnology, Korea University) ;
  • Shin, Sook (Department of Life Science, Sahmyook University)
  • Received : 2014.02.17
  • Accepted : 2014.04.14
  • Published : 2014.04.30

Abstract

Micronesia is an island nation located north of Papua New Guinea in the Pacific Ocean. A survey was conducted on Chuuk, which is one of the four main islands of Micronesia, from 11-25 Nov 2012. Echinoderms collected at one intertidal area as well as at 16 SCUBA diving points of 10-40 m depths in the subtidal zone were identified based on morphological characteristics. In total, 35 species from 165 individuals were identified: two crinoids, eight asteroids, four ophiuroids, seven echinoids, and 14 holothuroids. Among them, one asteroid, one ophiuroid, one echinoid, and two holothuroids were newly recorded from Micronesia.

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