Rhabderemia acanthostyla   Thomas,  1968 (Sponge)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Porifera
Class: Demospongiae
Order:Poecilosclerida
Family:Rhabderemiidae

Description
Color: Dark brown when living. In alcohol a yellow pigment oozes out immediately after preservation.

Sponge encrusting, uniformly spreading on the substratum. Consistency, soft and slimy when fresh. Surface conulose, conules correspond to the vertical tracts of acanthostyles. Pores are in between the conules, minute and contractile; rather abundant. Oscules not seen. Ectosome and endosome are not well differentiated. The main skeleton consists of vertical tufts of acanthorhabdostyles springing up from the substratum. Rarely, solitary acanthorhabdostyles are found erect on the substratum. Spongin is seen binding together the spicules. Smooth styles (rhabdostyles) also are present, vertically arranged. The contorted sigmas are distributed abundantly in the endosome.


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Ecology
Habitat:  Reef Associated

Biogeography


• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Krusadai Island, Galaxea Reef INDIA (Depth: 1.5 mts)

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Marine Biological Station, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (2003) Checklist of marine fauna of Tamil Nadu Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Available at - http://tnenvis.nic.in
  • Thomas, PA (1968) Studies on Indian Sponges I. Two new species of silicious sponges belonginq to the genera Echinodictyum Ridley and Rhadberemia Topsent Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India Marine Biological Association of India 10(2) 245-249 Available at - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/1544/1/Thomas_245-249.pdf

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