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Deep-Sea Echinoderms of New Zealand

Gorgonocephalus Leach, 1815 — Gorgonocephalus chilensis (Philippi)

Gorgonocephalus Leach, 1815

Gorgonocephalus chilensis (Philippi)

  • Mortensen, Th. Vid. Medd. dansk naturh. For. 77, p. 109. Pl. IV (1).

Material Examined: A fragment of an arm from 500–600 fathoms, Cook Strait, VUZ Station 75, brown mud. The specimen does not differ from corresponding material from the Cook Strait shelf. The species is evidently rare, as only one other specimen (a large one) has been brought in over the past fifteen years. It was page 21entangled in a net at 40 fathoms. I now think it likely that the species is abyssal, but occasionally ascends the Cook Strait canyon to the shelf above.