Lithistid sponges from submarine caves in the Mediterranean: taxonomy and affinities

Authors

  • Andrzej Pisera Institute of Paleobiology, Polish Academy of Sciences
  • Jean Vacelet Centre d’Océanologie de Marseille, Aix-Marseille Université

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3989/scsimar.2011.75n1017

Keywords:

Porifera, lithistids, new species, Mediterranean Sea, submarine caves, biogeographic affinities, fossilized sponges

Abstract


Several lithistid sponges are described from Mediterranean caves occurring in the northwestern and Adriatic basins. In the Corallistidae, Neoschrammeniella bowerbanki and Neophrissospongia nolitangere are recorded for the first time from the Mediterranean, whereas Neophrissospongia radjae n. sp. and Neophrissospongia endoumensis n. sp. are described as new. In the Theonellidae, the common sponge previously identified as Discodermia polydiscus is described as Discodermia polymorpha n. sp. Fossil specimens from the 3PP cave are tentatively attributed to Neoschrammeniella bowerbanki. The distribution and affinities of this lithistid fauna are discussed.

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2011-03-30

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Pisera A, Vacelet J. Lithistid sponges from submarine caves in the Mediterranean: taxonomy and affinities. scimar [Internet]. 2011Mar.30 [cited 2022Oct.4];75(1):17-40. Available from: https://scientiamarina.revistas.csic.es/index.php/scientiamarina/article/view/1210

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