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Auletta tuberosa Alvarez, van Soest & Rützler 1998

Comprehensive Description

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Auletta tuberosa

Auletta sp.—Alvarez and Crisp, 1994:119.

MATERIAL EXAMINED.—Holotype: Gulf of Mexico: USNM 34281 (21). Paratype: Gulf of Mexico: USNM 34283 (26). Nontypes: Gulf of Mexico: USNM 34333 (14), USNM 42281 (26). Two ZMA specimens from the same area.

SHAPE (Figure 19a).—Clusters of tubes with short and narrow peduncle, anastomosed and generally crooked with apical or lateral oscules; oscules up to 3 cm in diameter, covered by membranes.

SURFACE.—Smooth with prominent tubercles in most cases.


COLOR.—Unknown when alive. Beige in alcohol.

SKELETON (Figure 19b,c).—Plumose tracts, 50–100μm thick, connected by single or secondary lines of spicules or forming a reticulum of rounded meshes; ending in brushes of spicules.

SPICULES (Figure 19d, Table 16).—Oxeas, oxeotes, or strongyloxeas, sinuous to wavy; strongyles and styles.

ETYMOLOGY.—From the Latin tuberosus, meaning full of lumps or protuberances; referring to the surface.
bibliographic citation
Alvarez, B., van Soest, Rob W. M., and Rützler, Klaus. 1998. "A Revision of the Axinellidae (Porifera: Demospongiae) of the Central-West Atlantic Region." Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology. 1-47. https://doi.org/10.5479/si.00810282.598