BIOTIC Species Information for Halichondria bowerbanki
Researched byDr Keith Hiscock and Hugh Jones Data supplied byMarLIN
Refereed byDr Rob van Soest
Scientific nameHalichondria bowerbanki Common nameBowerbank's halichondria
MCS CodeC638 Recent SynonymsNone

PhylumPorifera Subphylum
Superclass ClassDemospongiae
SubclassCeractinomorpha OrderHalichondrida
Suborder FamilyHalichondriidae
GenusHalichondria Speciesbowerbanki

Additional Information
  • Microscopic examination of the spicules reveals that they are relatively long and thin, and taper to the apices.
  • Named after James S. Bowerbank (1797-1877), a pioneering authority on sponges.
  • Easily confused with Halichondria panicea, but Halichondria bowerbanki is distinguished by the absence of the chimney-like oscules that occur in Halichondria panicea.
Taxonomy References Howson & Picton, 1997, Soest van et al., 2000, Moss & Ackers, 1982,
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