Zoological Studies

Vol. 39 No. 3, 2000

New Records of Sea Stars (Asteroidea: Echinodermata) from the Continental Shelf of Taiwan

Shyh-Min Chao

Division of Zoology, National Museum of Natural Science, Taichung, Taiwan 404

Shyh-Min Chao (2000) From July 1995 to August 1998, starfish were collected by trawling sandy substrates at 30-250 m depth along the coast of Taiwan. Nineteen species in 7 families were collected at 6 stations. Six species (Luidia maculata, L. avicularia, L. quinaria, Distolasterias nipon, Coronaster volsellatus, and C. sakuranus) had not previously been reported from Taiwan, and are described and illustrated in the present study. In addition, the abundances of the 19 collected species are tabulated, and information on the recorded 44 species in 13 families of starfish from Taiwan is tabulated.

Key words: Starfish, Echinoderms, Taiwan, Taxonomy.

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