BIOTIC Species Information for Axinella dissimilis
Researched byAngus Jackson Data supplied byMarLIN
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Scientific nameAxinella dissimilis Common nameA branching sponge
MCS CodeC540 Recent SynonymsAxinella polypoides (Schmidt, 1862)

PhylumPorifera Subphylum
Superclass ClassDemospongiae
SubclassCeractinomorpha OrderHalichondrida
Suborder FamilyAxinellidae
GenusAxinella Speciesdissimilis

Additional InformationAxinella polypoides is still used by some authors (e.g. Hayward and Ryland, 1995). However, Axinella polypoides is now considered to be a separate species confined to the Mediterranean (Howson & Picton, 1997). Axinella dissimilis may be confused with other branching sponges e.g. Stelligera stuposa and Raspailia hispida but the relatively thicker branches and grooves surrounding the oscula are distinguishing features.
Taxonomy References Howson & Picton, 1997, Picton & Costello, 1998, Moss & Ackers, 1982, Bowerbank, 1865,
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