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1 December 2009 Diversity of Coralliophilinae (Mollusca, Neogastropoda, Muricidae) at Austral Islands (South Pacific)
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Oliverio M. 2009. — Diversity of Coralliophilinae (Mollusca, Neogastropoda, Muricidae) at Austral Islands (South Pacific). Zoosystema 31 (4): 759-789.

The Coralliophilinae is a large subfamily of Muricidae, including 200–250 species that feed exclusively on anthozoans. The material collected during the expeditions BENTHAUS and RAPA 2002 at Austral Islands are reviewed. Twenty-eigth species are recorded, one species is described as new, Coralliophila australis n. sp., diagnosed by its large size and elongated shape. All but one species showed a planktotrophic development, 10 species (36%) were from shallow waters and 15 species (54%) from deep waters. The smaller proportion of deep water coralliophiline species (compared to the range and average on a global scale) in this marginal area of the Pacific, suggests that marginality may affect the deep water faunas more than the shallow water ones.

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Marco Oliverio "Diversity of Coralliophilinae (Mollusca, Neogastropoda, Muricidae) at Austral Islands (South Pacific)," Zoosystema 31(4), 759-789, (1 December 2009). https://doi.org/10.5252/z2009n4a2
Received: 8 April 2008; Accepted: 1 October 2008; Published: 1 December 2009
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