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Morphological abnormalities in the stauromedusa Haliclystus auricula (Cnidaria) and their possible causes

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Zagal, CJ 2008 , 'Morphological abnormalities in the stauromedusa Haliclystus auricula (Cnidaria) and their possible causes' , Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, vol. 88, no. 2 , pp. 259-262 , doi: 10.1017/S0025315408000179.

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Abstract

Morphological abnormalities were observed in a population of the stauromedusa Haliclystus auricula in southern Chile. A total of 144 abnormal specimens was observed out of 3790 Stauromedusae sampled. The following abnormalities are described: individuals lacking arms (73%), with more than eight anchors (11%), more than eight arms (8%), lacking anchors (4%) and one individual with tentacles in abnormal locations. An individual with two peduncles, one with two mouths and one twin-like individual are recorded for the first time in this species. Their possible causes are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Zagal, CJ
Keywords: Stauromedusae; Staurozoa; Haliclystus
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
ISSN: 0025-3154
DOI / ID Number: 10.1017/S0025315408000179
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