微型水螅体是一类小型硬壳八角珊瑚,它们非常小,在海洋馆和水族馆里都很容易被忽视。我们见过的唯一正宗的是“blue Anthelia”(蓝掌千手珊瑚),这几乎是一种侵略性的物种,但是今天我们认识了来自西太平洋的一个全新的物种。

 

 

Hana hanagasa 和 H. hanataba(试试用三倍语速念一下)这是硬壳八角珊瑚的两个新的物种,同时也是一个新的属。

 

在日本发现的Hana hanagasa,它的名字是指传统的冲绳舞女表演者佩戴的很正式和讲究的舞蹈头饰。

 

在帕劳群岛和中国台湾发现的Hana hanataba,它们在直径只有几毫米的小群落里生长了30到100株。这个物种的名字叫Hanataba,是日语中“花束”的意思,指的是这种微小的珊瑚看起来像一束鲜花。

 

 

原文:

Micro polyps are a broad group of tiny encrusting octocorals that can be so small that they are easily overlooked, both on the reef and in the aquarium. The only one we see with any regularity is ‘blue Anthelia’ a species of Sarcothelia which borders on being invasive but today we are introduced to an entirely new group from the West Pacific Ocean.

 

Hana hanagasa and H. hanataba – say that three times fast – is a new genus and two new species of such an encrusting miniature Octocoral polyp. Hana hanagasa was discovered in Japan and its name refers to the traditional Okinawan ceremonial dance headpiece worn by female performers. Hana hanataba was found in Palau and Taiwan growing in small cluster between 30 and 100 polyps which are just a few millimeters across. The species name Hanataba is Japanese for ‘bouquet’ in reference to how the tiny polyps look like an arrangement of flowers.