Fifty-eight muricid species were collected during recent expeditions to Fiji, including 3 new species. A review of the literature added another 37 species reliably recorded from the archipelago, bringing the total muricid fauna of Fiji to 95 species. Twenty-five species, including 14 shared with Fiji, are reported from Tonga. Bouchetia n. gen. is described for Poirieria (Paziella) vaubanensis Houart, 1986, originally described from New Caledonia and now recorded from Fiji. Conchatalos spinula n. sp. and Prototyphis gracilis n. sp. are described from Fiji; Murexsul merlei n. sp. is described from Fiji and Tonga. Attiliosa caledonica (Jousseaume, 1881), formerly treated as a synonym or subspecies of Attiliosa nodulifera (Sowerby, 1841), is recognized as a valid species, as both species co-occur in Fiji without intermediates. Pascula ambonensis Houart, 1996, Tritonidea lefevreiana Tapparone Canefri, 1880 and Pentadactylus paucimaculatus Sowerby, 1903 are reclassified in Cytharomorula Kuroda, 1953.
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Fiji and Tonga
|Bounding Coordinates||South West [-23.383, -173.9], North East [-16.092, 177.2]|
Gastropods from the family Muricidae
|Start Date / End Date||1998-01-01 / 2000-12-31|
Samples were collected using otter trawls, beam trawls, and Warén dredges
|Study Extent||The present report focusses on the island groups of Fiji and Tonga, which were specifically explored in 1998-2000 during the MUSORSTOM 10 and BORDAU 1 cruises to Fiji and BORDAU 2 cruise to Tonga, with the adjunction of scattered samples taken during an ecological survey of southern Viti Levu (SUVA 2 and SUVA 4 cruises).|
|Quality Control||Taxanomic names were checked for correctness and postions were checked for validity by GIS|
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- Taxanomic names were checked against the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS). Station positions where taken from Hourart & Heros (2008) for the voyage station lists from the IRD website.
- Houart, R. & Héros, V. 2008. — Muricidae (Mollusca: Gastropoda) from Fiji and Tonga, in Héros, V., Cowie, R. H. & Bouchet, P. (eds), Tropical Deep-Sea Benthos 25. Mémoires du Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle 196: 437-480. Paris ISBN: 978-2-85653-614-8. Houart & Héros (2008)
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