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Geographic Distribution

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Bathymetric Specimen Dispersal

2 individual specimens found for Enallopsammia marenzelleri.

Enallopsammia marenzelleri Zibrowius  Species


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“39. Enallopsammia sp. cf. marenzelleri

Zibrowius, 1973

Plate 18, figs. 5, 6

Enallopsammia marenzelleri Zibrowius, 1973, pp. 49-51, pl. 1, figs. 1-7, pl. 2, figs. 8-11; 1980, pp. 204, 205, pl. 106, figs. J-M.

Discussion. Thirteen branch fragments, the largest bearing only 13 corallites, are tentatively assigned to this species. Branching bushy, calices on alternate sides of branches. Distinct costae present. Calices round, about 4-5 mm in diameter, without enlarged S1, or rostra. Otherwise, aspects of septa and columella similar to those of previously described species.

E. marenzelleri is a poorly known species, originally described from only five colonies, two of which are equal to or smaller than these fragments. On the basis of the original description these fragments seem to belong to E. marenzelleri, but not enough material is present to be conclusive. This species is distinguished from the other two recent species with alternately placed calices (E. pusilla, E. profunda) by its possession of costae.

Material. Eltanin sta. 1411 (13 fragments), USNM 47535.

Types. The holotype and paratype of E. marenzelleri are deposited at the Zoölogische Museum, Amsterdam (Coel. 6902, 588). Type-locality: 5°56.5'S, 132°47.7’E (off Kepulauan Kai (Kei Islands)); 595 m.

Distribution. Meteor Seamount; off Azores; off Nicobar Islands; off Kepulauan Kai (Kei Islands); Macquarie Ridge (Map 13). Depth range: 371-815 m.”

(Cairns, 1982)


Type Status Catalog No. Date Collected Location Coordinates Depth (m) Vessel
  47535 2/8/1965 South Pacific Ocean 51° S , 162° E 333 – 371 Eltanin R/V

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External Resources

  • Cairns, S. D. 1982. Antarctic and Subantarctic Scleractinia, Biology of Antarctic Seas XI. Antarctic Research Series Volume 34. Ed. Kornicker LS. American Geophysical Union.

  • Zibrowius, H. 1973. Révision des espèces actuelles du genre Enallopsammia Michelotti, 1871 et description de E. marenzelleri, nouvelle espèce bathyale à large distribution: Océan Indien et Atlantique Central (madréporaires, Dendrophylliidae). Beaufortia, 21(276).