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First Records of Two Species of Genus Clavelina (Ascidiacea: Aplousobranchia: Clavelinidae) from Korea

  • Seo, Su-Yuan (Natural History Museum, Ewha Womans University) ;
  • Rho, Boon-Jo (Natural History Museum, Ewha Womans University)
  • Received : 2014.09.20
  • Accepted : 2015.01.19
  • Published : 2015.01.31

Abstract

Colonial ascidians, Clavelina elegans (Oka, 1927) and Clavelina miniata Watanabe & Tokioka, 1973 are reported for the first time in Korean waters. As a result of this study, three species of the genus Clavelina are now recorded in Korean fauna. Clavelina elegans and C. miniata have been reported only from Japan. We expanded the distribution range of these species to Korea. The specimens of C. elegans and C. miniata were collected from the subtidal zone of Beomseom and Chagwido in Jeju-do by SCUBA diving. Detailed descriptions, illustrations and photographs of these species are provided in this paper.

Acknowledgement

Supported by : Ewha Womans University

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