The rediscovery ofCodonorchis octaedrus(Hydroidomedusae, Anthomedusae, Pandeidae), with an update of the Mediterranean hydroidomedusan biodiversity Academic Article uri icon


  • Codonorchis octaedrus is recorded for the first time since its discovery by Haeckel in 1879. A hydroid colony collected in a cave of the Apulian Coast (between the Ionian and the Adriatic Seas) produced several medusae which have been reared to maturity. This is the first complete description of the species, which was previously considered as doubtful, as was the genus Codonorchis. The diagnostic features for the genus are: hydroid small, naked, sessile, with a single row of few tentacles, gono-phores on hydrorhiza, medusa with apical projection with apical process from the manubrium, perradial, interradial and adradial ocellate bulbs, two perradial tentacles, horseshoe-shaped interradial gonads, small mesenteries. The list of Mediterranean hydroidomedusae is updated with the new (or overlooked) records since the last published list (1993). The increase in species number is great (about 10%), showing that the knowledge of biodiversity of even a well-studied sea as the Mediterranean is far from being complete. 1997 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

published proceedings

  • Italian Journal of Zoology

author list (cited authors)

  • Boero, F., Gravili, C., Denitto, F., Miglietta, M. P., & Bouillon, J.

citation count

  • 16

complete list of authors

  • Boero, Ferdinando||Gravili, Cinzia||Denitto, Francesco||Miglietta, Maria Pia||Bouillon, Jean

publication date

  • January 1997