Zoological Studies

Vol. 45 No. 4, 2006

Eudendrium (Cnidaria: Hydrozoa) from Bunaken Marine Park, Sulawesi Sea, Indonesia

Stefania Puce1,*, Carlo Cerrano2, Cristina Di Camillo1, Giorgio Bavestrello1, and Antonio Carlos Marques3

1Dipartimento di Scienze del Mare, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Via Brecce Bianche, 60131 Ancona, Italy
2Dipartimento per lo studio del Territorio e delle sue Risorse, Università di Genova, Corso Europa 26, 16100 Genova, Italy
3Depto de Zoologia, Instituto de Biociências, Universidade de São Paulo, C.P. 11461, 05422-970, São Paulo, Brazil

Stefania Puce, Carlo Cerrano, Cristina Di Camillo, Giorgio Bavestrello, and Antonio Carlos Marques (2006) Three species of the genus Eudendrium were recorded from the Bunaken Marine Park (North Sulawesi, Indonesia). The new species Eudendrium garis sp. nov. is well characterized by the aggregation of microbasic euryteles in vertical stripes, in which the nematocysts are generally also vertically oriented, and by the eggs which are linked to the blastostyle by a small concave perisarcal support. The female gonophores of the Australian E. aylingae, unknown hitherto, are herein described. They are characterized by having a simple and curved spadix with the distal end free, turning away from the egg, forming a prominent nose. The 3rd recorded species is E. racemosum. Its presence in Indonesian water confirms the other Indo-Pacific records and indicates a Tethyan distribution for the species.

Key words: Eudendrium, Hydrozoa, Indonesia, Biodiversity, Distribution.

*Correspondence: Tel: 39-71-2204651. Fax: 39-71-2204650. E-mail: s.puce@univpm.it