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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4564.2.9

Pyura (Tunicata: Ascidiacea: Pyuridae) on the coasts of Panama

ROSANA M. ROCHA, BAILEY KEEGAN COUNTS

Abstract


Recent efforts have been taken to survey and describe the ascidian fauna of the Pacific and Atlantic coasts of Panama; however, the genus Pyura still remains poorly known. Sampling events have been occurring since 2003. In this research, we describe two new species from the Atlantic coast of Panama: P. longispina sp. nov., P. lopezlegentilae sp. nov., and two new species from the Pacific Coast of Panama: P. carmanae sp. nov. and P. imesa sp. nov. We also supply a tabular key for all the Pyura species found in Panama.

 


Keywords


Pyuridae, ascidian taxonomy, biodiversity, Stolidobranchia, Central America

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