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A new species of Echinoderes (Cyclorhagida: Echinoderidae) from the San Juan Islands, Washington State, USA, and insights into the kinorhynch transcriptome

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  • Rebecca M. Varney, University of Alabama
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  • Peter Funch
  • Kevin M. Kocot, University of Alabama
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  • Martin V. Sørensen, University of Copenhagen

A new kinorhynch species, Echinoderes kohni sp. nov., is described from the San Juan Archipelago, northwest Washington State, USA. The species’ spine/tube distribution combined with the presence of long, spiniform tergal extensions assign it to the Echinoderes spinifurca species group. It is distinguished from other species in the group by its enlarged fringe tips on the posterior sternal plate margins of segment 10, and by its distribution of type 2 glandular cell outlets and sensory spots. Together with the morphological description we provide a de novo assembled transcriptome for the species, generated from a single individual. This represents the first time a kinorhynch has been described together with genetic data beyond a barcode.

Original languageEnglish
JournalZoologischer Anzeiger
Pages (from-to)52-63
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventFifth International Scalidophora Workshop - Center for Marine Studies, the Federal University of Paraná (Centro de Estudos do Mar, CEM/UFPR), Pontal do Sul, Brazil
Duration: 28 Jan 20191 Feb 2019


WorkshopFifth International Scalidophora Workshop
LocationCenter for Marine Studies, the Federal University of Paraná (Centro de Estudos do Mar, CEM/UFPR)
CityPontal do Sul
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    Research areas

  • BIOLOGY, Genomics, Kinorhyncha, Meiofauna, Morphology, REDESCRIPTION, SYSTEMATICS, Taxonomy, Transcriptomics

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