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Some Off-Shore and Deep-Sea Ophiuroids from New Zealand Waters

Astroporpa wilsoni Bell 1917

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Astroporpa wilsoni Bell 1917

Hitherto only the original "Terra Nova" type specimens (now in the British Museum) have been known. It is therefore of considerable interest that another specimen has come to light. It was taken by a fisherman off Mercury Bay, Coromandel Peninsula, and secured by Miss U. V. Dellow, who kindly forwarded it. It is said to have been adhering to a fishing-line and to have been brought up from 150 fathoms, a statement not inconsistent with the submarine contours off Coromandel, nor with the general abyssal facies of the genus. It was attached to a portion of gorgonid coral.*

The distinctive features of Astroporpa wilsoni and a key to the Gorgonocephalidae are given elsewhere (Fell, 1949).