Cinachyrella tarentina

Super Group: 
Eukaryota
Phylum: 
Porifera
Class: 
Demospongiae
Order: 
Tetractinellida
Family: 
Tetillidae
Genus: 
Cinachyrella
Species: 
tarentina
Authority: 
Pulitzer-Finali, 1983
Synonym(s): 
Cinachyra tarentina Pulitzer-Finali, 1983

Diagnosis

Spherical, attached to substratum by broad base; surface hispid, consistency fleshy; colour - pale yellow; oscules - inconspicuous, small, scattered all over body.
Skeleton - Ectosomal skeletal framework radial, protriaenes and anatriaenes project out of surface considerably; oxeas radiate from center and diverge just beneath surface; microscleres microxeas and sigmaspires abundant.
Megascleres - Protriaenes with stout clads projecsting out of surface, shaft 1.8-2.5 mm long. 0.010-0.012 mm \vide, clads 0.05- 0.10 mm long, maximum width 0.015 mm. Anatriaenes "long and slender, shaft 1.5-3.5 mm long, 0.005-0.007 mm wide, clads sharp, recurved, 0.04 mnl; chord 0.8mm.  Oxeas slightly curved, 1.5-3.5 mm long, 0.01-0.04 mm wide.
Microscleres - Microxeas slightly curved and sharply pointed average 0.2 mm long, 0.004 mm wide.  Sigmaspires microspined, chord 0.02 mm. 

Ecology

Distribution:  In India ; Andamans, Ganjam coast, Gulf of Mannar, Palk Bay and Nagapattinam. 

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Symbiodinium sp. Apulia Lagoon of Porto Cesareo

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