A taxonomic review of the genus Asterostegus (Echinodermata: Ophiuroidea), with the description of a new species

  • Masanori Okanishi
  • Toshihiko Fujita
Keywords: Taxonomy, brittle stars, Asterostegus sabineae, new species, Indo-Western Pacific


A revision of the genus Asterostegus Mortensen, 1933 (Echinodermata: Ophiuroidea: Euryalidae) is based on seven specimens, including the holotype of Asterostegus maini McKnight, 2003. A new species, Asterostegus sabineae sp. nov. is described from off Reunion Island and two other species, A. tuberculatus Mortensen, 1933 and A. maini, are redescribed. A tabular key to the three species of the genus Asterostegus is provided. Some terminology of the taxonomy of euryalid ophiuroids is revised.


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How to Cite
Okanishi, M., & Fujita, T. (2014). A taxonomic review of the genus Asterostegus (Echinodermata: Ophiuroidea), with the description of a new species. European Journal of Taxonomy, (76). https://doi.org/10.5852/ejt.2014.76