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Opresko, D.M., Baron Szabo, R.C., 2001. Reevaluation of Tropidopathes saliciformis Silberfeld: A hydroid originally identified as an antipatharian coral. Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 114 3: 788-793.
Opresko, D. M.; Baron, S.; R C coral Proc Biol Soc
Reevaluation of Tropidopathes saliciformis Silberfeld: A hydroid originally identified as an antipatharian
Tropidopathes saliciformis Silberfeld (1909) was originally identified as an antipatharian coral growing over a hydroid colony. A re-examination of the type specimen revealed no evidence of any antipatharian skeletal material on the hydroid, and it is assumed that the lower parts of the hydrocauli of the hydroid, which lacked hydrocladia, had been mistaken for antipatharian sclerenchyme. The hydroid was subsequently identified by Stechow (1913) as Halicornaria ishikawai Stechow, 1907 (now known as Gymnangium ishikawai). Therefore, the genus Tropidopathes is herein removed from the Antipatharia, and for nomenclatural purposes, Tropidopathes saliciformis Silberfeld is considered a junior subjective synonym of Gymnangium ishikawai (Stechow). Descriptor: Gymnangium ishikawai