Antarctic and Subantarctic Stylasterina (Coelenterata: Hydrozoa)

  1. Louis S. Kornicker
  1. Stephen D. Cairns

Published Online: 16 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/AR038p0061

Biology of the Antarctic Seas XIII

Biology of the Antarctic Seas XIII

How to Cite

Cairns, S. D. (1983) Antarctic and Subantarctic Stylasterina (Coelenterata: Hydrozoa), in Biology of the Antarctic Seas XIII (ed L. S. Kornicker), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C.. doi: 10.1029/AR038p0061

Author Information

  1. Department of Invertebrate Zoology, Smithsonian Institution Washington, D.C. 20560

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1983

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780875901862

Online ISBN: 9781118666722



  • Marine biology—Antarctic regions—Collected works


The 29 species of Stylasterina known from the Antarctic and Subantarctic regions are described, and their distributions mapped. Thirteen new species and one new genus are described; the subgenus Lepidopora is raised to generic rank, and Errina antarctica forma kerguelensis is elevated to specific status. Species are arranged in order of their increasing morphological complexity. All species are illustrated by scanning electron micrographs, and several new terms are introduced to describe features of coenosteal microarchitecture. A historical review of all Stylasterina reported from the Antarctic is given. A zoogeographic analysis describes common patterns of species distributions, and the faunas of various geographic areas are discussed.