Axinella donnani   (Bowerbank,  1873) (Sponge)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Demospongiae

Size: Maximum diameter of 80 mm.

Body funnel-shaped. Oscules are arranged in groups in a radiating pattern. Pores are scattered along the surface with slight concentration at the outer part. Surface hispid due to the presence of radiating fibres eliding at the surface. These brushes may give a distinct conulose appearance to the surface. In most places these conules are arranged in a linear fashion giving a ridged appearance to the surface.

Synonym (s)
Isodictya donnani Bowerbank, 1873
Phakellia donnani (Bowerbank, 1873)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai Coast INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Rameswaram Island INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Rameswaram INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Tiruchendur INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Kanniyakumari INDIA
• Karnataka, Mangalore INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • 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 -
  • Thomas, PA (1970) On some deep sea sponges from the Gulf of Mannar, with descriptions of three new species Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India Marine Biological Association of India 12(1-2) 202-209 Available at -
  • James, PSBR ; Thomas, PA ; Pillai, CSG and Achari Kumaraswamy, GP (1969) ´╗┐Catalogue of types and of sponges, corals, polychaetes, crabs and echinoderms in the reference collections of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 7 1-66 Available at -

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