With all the the molecular work being carried out these days (principally by
Gustav, Alex and co.) it would not be at all surprising that a number of
otherwise Indo-west Pacific holothurian (and other echinoderm) taxa,
supposedly also recorded from the Panamic (including Caribbean) region, turn
out to need to be resurrected from synonymy or need separate, new,
description. Certainly I included about 10 species of Holothuria
(flavomaculata only as far east as Clipperton Island), 1 species of
Stichopus (horrens to Clipperton Island) and 1 species of Polyplectana as so
widely distributed (in my paper, 1985, describing some species of the
asteroid genus Asterodiscides).
At least you might be able to re-examine type specimens of pluricuriosa
(MCZ) and curiosa (Hamburg Museum) for comparisons, though I do not know
that there is any remaining type material of Jaeger's fuscocinerea available
(Yves or Gustav might know differently though), or where Cherbonnier (1951)
has deposited the type of his pseudo-zacae. Possibly the description of
a neotype for fuscocinerea might be appropriate here as you intend raising
pluricuriosa from it's synonymy!
Good luck, and all the best,
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From: "Solis Marin Francisco Alonso" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 8:54 PM
Subject: Holothuria (Stauropora) pluricuriosa Deichmann, 1937.
> Dear Aspidolisters,
> We are trying to "revive" Holothuria (Stauropora) pluricuriosa Deichmann,
> Deichmann (1958, page 300) synonymized her H. pluricuriosa with Holothuria
> (Mertensiothuria) fuscocinerea Jaeger, 1833 (Note: H. pluricuriosa appears
> as a "valid" species in Worms).
> I am telling you this since you probably have more information (?), Gustav
> Paulay show me that this two species appear separated in the DNA
> This problem needs to be resolve since in North and South East Pacific we
> only have H. pluricuriosa and ALL the records are referred to H.
> Any comments? are our assumptions OK?
> Dr. Francisco A. Solís-Marín
> Jefe de la Unidad Académica Ecología y Biodiversidad Acuática.
> Colección Nacional de Equinodermos
> "Dra. Ma. E. Caso Muñoz"
> Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnología
> Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
> Circuito Universitario s/n
> Deleg. Coyoacán
> Mexico, D,F.,
> CP. 04510
> Tel. (52) 56-22-58-43