We cordially thank the staff of CARMABI (Caribbean Research and Management of Biodiversity) foundation at Curaçao, The Netherlands Antilles, who provided us with accommodation, logistics, permits and laboratory space. We also like to thank Dr LP van Ofwegen and Mr FR Stokvis, who kindly identified the Octocorallia. Thanks are also due to Dr S Schiaparelli, who provided us with the primer sequences of the 16S marker and Japanese ovulid literature, Ms K Way and Dr G Rosenberg, who assisted in solving a nomenclatorial puzzle, and Ms N Snijders, who collected the Cyphoma signatum specimen. Moreover, we would like to thank Prof. Dr SK Donovan, Ms SET van der Meij and anonymous reviewers for critically reviewing the manuscript.
We are grateful for financial support from: the Schure-Bijerinck-Popping Fonds (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences); the Jan Joost ter Pelkwijk Fonds, the Alida M Buitendijk Fonds and the Martin Stichting (NCB Naturalis); the LUF Internationaal Studie Fonds and the Lustra Fonds (Leiden University).
Received: 14 October 2009
Accepted: 10 March 2010
Published online: 16 April 2010
Editor: J.W. Arntzen