Elpidia sp. A



General: Confirmed new species. Light brown or sediment-colored. Very small and difficult to see on video; 4-5 pairs of stiff, projecting dorsal papillae.

Size: to about 33 mm

Geographic Information

Habitat description: Benthic, soft sediment.

Additional Information

Consulting taxonomist: David Pawson, Smithsonian Natural History Museum.

Consulting taxonomist: Andrey Gebruk and Antonina (Rogacheva) Kremenetskaia, P. P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, Moscow Russia.

Consulting taxonomist: Linda Kuhnz, MBARI.

Taxonomist assessment: Other species ruled out: E. minutissima only gets to 13 mm and has 3 pairs of dorsal papillae. E. atakama is similar, but can get up to 50 mm; 4-6 pairs of dorsal papillae, E. theeli.


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National Center for Biotechnology Information

Belyaev, G.M. (1971). Deep water holothurians of the genus Elpidia. In: Fauna of the Kurile-Kamchatka Trench and its environment, edited by V.G. Bogorov. Israel Program for Scientific Translation, Jerusalem, 326-367.

Hansen, B. (1975). Systematics and biology of the deep-sea holothurians: Part 1 Elasipoda. Scandinavian Science Press, Copenhagen, Denmark. 262 pp.

Citation: Elpidia sp. A () Deep-Sea Guide (DSG) at http://dsg/mbari.org/dsg/view/concept/Elpidia%20sp.%20A. Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). Consulted on 2022-09-28.
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