Bohadschia / Pearsonothuria

January 8, 2004
From: Bob Bolland

Hi Bill,
In an earlier message on the Forum you asked about a reference to the holothuroidean Genus Pearsonothuria. I asked Gordon Hendler (L.A. Co. Mus. Nat. Hist. / Echinoderms) about this and he supplied the following references:
• Samyn, Yves. 2003. Towards an understanding of the shallow-water holothuroid fauna (Echinodermata: Holothuroidea) of the Western Indian Ocean. Ph. D. Dissertation, Vrije Universiteit Brussel. 384 pp. + Annex CD ROM.

He uses Pearsonothuria without any comment. However in the accompanying CD there is a paper by:
• Kerr, A.M., D.A. Janies, R.M. Clouse, Y. Samyn, W.C. Wheeler and J. Kirn. Molecular phylogeny of coral-reef sea cucumbers (Holothuriidae: Aspidochirotida) based on 16S mt rDNA sequence. (Submitted to Molecular Phylognetics and Evolution). It shows Pearsonothuria and Bohadschia as sister taxa.

Bob Bolland

Bolland, R.F., 2004 (Jan 8) Bohadschia / Pearsonothuria. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Thanks Bob,
Bill Rudman



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