Biemna fistulosa   (Topsent,  1897) (Sponge)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Porifera
Class: Demospongiae
Order:Poecilosclerida
Family:Desmacellidae

Description
Multi thin-walled, fragile tubes, 1-2 cm across and 1-3 cm high, appearing as a thin stretched skin embedded with branching coralline algae. Surface uneven, conulose and lacy in patches; body extremely cavernous. Oscules prominent, 1 cm wide, with raised membranous collars (Source: WoRMS).


Synonym (s)
Desmacella fistulosa Topsent, 1897
(Genus transfer)
Desmacella peachi var. fistulosa Topsent, 1897
(Genus transfer and status change)

Common Name (s)
• Stinging Tube Sponge (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology
Habitat:  Reef Associated

Biogeography


• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA

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

Page last updated on:2010-06-24

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