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A new hexactinellid sponge from the Eocene of Kutch, India
Rigby, J.K.; Mohanti, M. (1993). A new hexactinellid sponge from the Eocene of Kutch, India. J. Paleontol. 67(6): 917-922
In: Journal of Paleontology. The Paleontological Society: Tulsa, Okla.. ISSN 0022-3360, more
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    Biostratigraphy; Eocene; Fossil assemblages; New species; Palaeo studies; Taxonomy; India, Gujarat [Marine Regions]; Marine

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  • Rigby, J.K.
  • Mohanti, M.

    A single specimen of the new dictyonine hexactinellid species Verrucocoelia biswasi was collected from the Middle Eocene Fulra Limestone from Lakhpat Fort, Kutch, western India. The euretoid species is broadly bowl-shaped, 7-8 cm wide and 5-6 cm high, with walls of branched to weakly anastomosed tubes that extend upward and outward from a simple, unfluted, walled spongocoel. Skeletal strands diverge upward and outward from near the gastral surface of each tube. The sponge occurs in silty tan marl with abundant alveolinids and less common other large foraminifera, bivalves, and gastropods in sediments thought to have accumulated in a quiet, sheltered environment, possibly a lagoon.

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