Muricidae (Mollusca: Gastropoda) from Fiji and Tonga

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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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Southwestern Pacific OBIS (2014). Muricidae (Mollusca: Gastropoda) from Fiji and Tonga. Southwestern Pacific OBIS, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), Wellington, New Zealand, 277 records, Online http://nzobisipt.niwa.co.nz/resource.do?r=muricidae_fiji_tonga released on June 10, 2014.


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Occurrence; Observation


Roland Houart
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
Principal Investigator
Institut royal des Sciences naturelles de Belgique
Rue Vautier, 29, B-1000
Kevin Mackay
  • Metadata Provider
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Marine Data Manager
Virginie Héros
  • Principal Investigator
Principal Invesigator
Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle

Geographic Coverage

Fiji and Tonga

Bounding Coordinates South West [-23.383, -173.9], North East [-16.092, 177.2]

Taxonomic Coverage

Gastropods from the family Muricidae

Family Muricidae

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 1998-01-01 / 2000-12-31

Sampling Methods

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

Method step description:

  1. 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.

Bibliographic Citations

  1. 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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