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Fact Sheet

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Summary


Physical Description


Ecology


Life History & Behaviour


Anatomy & Physiology


Evolution & Systematics


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This species of sponge belongs to the genera Clathrina, however has not yet been classified to a species level. It is a calcareous sponge, meaning that its spicules are made of calcite(Ruppert et al, 2004). It is an asconoid sponge and has an aquiferous system in which all the cavities are lined by choanocytes (Klautau and Valentine, 2003). The Clathrina sponges have a very simple skeleton and may have one or more spicule types including diactine, triactine, and/or tetractine (Klautau and Valentine, 2003). This particular sponge was found to have triactine spicules with equiangular rays of equal lengths. There is currently not enough available information to classify this sponge down to species level.



Classification

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Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Porifera
Class
Calcarea
Order
Clathrinida
Family
Clathrinidae