Acanthella megaspicula   Thomas,  1984 (Sponge)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Porifera
Class: Demospongiae
Order:Halichondrida
Family:Dictyonellidae

Description
Size: Height 38mm; width 25mm.

Colour: Pale white externally and the spatulate structures, pale brown to black.

Sponge stalked with flattened branches arising in a bushy pattern, branches, 1-3 mm wide, rebranch in a vague dichotomous pattern and these get interconnected in a scalariform manner.
Oscules and pores are not traceable. Skeleton consists of vague bands of strongyloxeas and oxeas running through the centre of each branch.
Styles erect on these bands with their heads buried deep in them. At places small hillock-like structures resembling conules may be located all along the sides of branches. Since these structures have an extension of main band of interior they are to be considered branchlets which are at their initial stage of development. Spongin is poorly developed.
Spicules: Long styles, slightly curved; Strongyles crooked in varying degrees; Oxeas may be centrangulated biangulated; in some one end slightly thicker than the other.


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Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology
Habitat:  Coastal

Biogeography


• South East Coast (Lat: 11.71) (Long: 79.95) INDIA (Record: 23/06/1983)
• South East Coast (Lat: 11.73) (Long: 79.96) INDIA (Record: 23/06/1983)

Literature Source(s)
  • Thomas, PA. (1984) Sponges collected aboard R. V. SKIPJACK from the Southeast Coast of India Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India The Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin, India 26(1&2) 95-100 Available at - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/1263/1/Thom_95-102.pdf
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org


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