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New Observation of two Sea Cucumber Species from Abu Musa Island(Persian Gulf, Iran)

Afkhami Majid, Ehsanpour Maryam, Dabbagh Abdol Reza, Sarhadizadeh Neda and Mirzadeh Ghodrat

This study has been conducted to identify the present species in the Abu Musa Island (Persian Gulf) .Two species of sea cucumber (one belonging to the genus Holothuria and the other to Stichopus) were collected in the intertidal zone of the Abu Musa Island (Persian Gulf) via scuba diving. The literature review on the distribution was determined to be the first report of Holothuria (Mertensiothuria) leucospilota (Brandt) 1835 and Stichopus herrmanni Semper 1868 from Abu Musa Island (Persian Gulf). The species identification was done through morphological keys and review of their ossicles.