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Raspailia (Parasyringella) agnata (Topsent, 1896)

Antler sponge

Raspailia (Parasyringella) agnata

Glénan Archipelago, France, 15 meters, 2004, WBN

Description

Raspailia (Parasyringella) agnata is an arborescent sponge from 8 to 15 cm in height. The branches are regularly ramified and very often they have a y-shaped tip. The velvety surface is pale yellow.

Similar to

Many erected species look similar; each have distinctive characteristics:
Axinella damicornis is fan-shaped.
Axinella dissimilis possesses small oscules surrouded by ridules forming a star
Axinella egregia has a rough surface resembling a fur.
Axinella polypoides presents a diameter of the terminal ramifications sligtly tapering.

Distribution

Raspailia (Parasyringella) agnata It is attached to rocks, boulders and sometimes in cracks from 10 to 40 m deep in the Atlantic Ocean and the English Channel.

Image satellite: © Esri, DigitalGlobe, GeoEye, Earthstar Geographics, CNES/Airbus DS, USDA, USGS, AeroGRID, IGN, and the GIS User Community.

Données de distribution : Raspailia (Parasyringella) agnata (Topsent, 1896) in GBIF Secretariat (2019). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset https://doi.org/10.15468/39omei accessed via GBIF.org on 2020-10-24.

Classification

Source : World Register of Marine Species


Biota (Superdomain)
Animalia (Kingdom)
Porifera (Phylum)
Demospongiae (Class)
Heteroscleromorpha (Subclass)
Axinellida (Order)
Raspailiidae (Family)
Raspailiinae (Subfamily)
Raspailia (Genus)
Raspailia (Parasyringella) (Subgenus)
Raspailia (Parasyringella) agnata (Species)

Page glossary

Oscule : Opening generally quite visible, through which sponges expel water they have filtered to extract food particles.

Authors

Text : Wilfried Bay-Nouailhat © 2004 - 2020.

Photos : © Wilfried Bay-Nouailhat. Published with his kind permission.
Websites and reference works : Consult bibliography

Image satellite: © Esri, DigitalGlobe, GeoEye, Earthstar Geographics, CNES/Airbus DS, USDA, USGS, AeroGRID, IGN, and the GIS User Community.

Données de distribution : Raspailia (Parasyringella) agnata (Topsent, 1896) in GBIF Secretariat (2019). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset https://doi.org/10.15468/39omei accessed via GBIF.org on 2020-10-24.

How to cite this page

Bay-Nouailhat W., avril 2004, Description of Raspailia (Parasyringella) agnata, [On line] http://european-marine-life.org/02/raspailia-(parasyringella)-agnata.php, consulted on 2020 October 24.

Author

Photographie de Wilfried Bay-Nouailhat

Wilfried Bay-Nouailhat

Diver - Naturalist
Underwater Photographer

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