Laxosuberites lacustris   Annandale  1915 (Sponge)
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Class: Demospongiae

Color: Generally colorless but sometimes orange-yellow or bright green due to the presence of food materials of zoochlorellae.

Sponge forming thin and fragile films on stones and rocks, surface smooth and minutely hispid; usually one osculum, but many frequently grow so close together as to form an apparently uniform layer of considerable area, osculum slightly raised and protected by oscular collar, small, 0.08 mm in diameter; inhale dermal pores lie scattered, minute, open directly into cylindrical channels.

Skeleton consisting of plumose spicule fibres that terminate in free bush-like bunches of spicules on the surface of the sponge. Megascleres tylostyles, length range 0.11 mm to 0.58 mm, thickness of shaft range 0.004 mm to 0.008 mm and diameter of head range 0.006 mm to 0.009 mm. Microscleres absent.

Synonym (s)
Laxosuberites lacustris Annandale 1915
Laxosuberites lacustris Burton 1937
Laxosuberites lacustris Thomas 1985

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Orissa INDIA (Record: 1995)
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA (Record: 1995)

Literature Source(s)
  • Pattanayak, JG (1995) Porifera Wetland ecosystem series 1: Fauna of Chilka lake ZSI, Calcutta 211-226 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Marine Biological Station, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (2003) Checklist of marine fauna of Tamil Nadu Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Available at -
  • Dr. Ramesh, R; Dr. Nammalwar, P and Dr. Gowri, VS (2008) Database on coastal information of Tamil Nadu Report Submitted to Environmental Information System (ENVIS) Centre, Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Institute for Ocean Management, Anna University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Available at -

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