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The genus Thenea (Porifera, Demospongia, Choristida) in the Norwegian Sea and adjacent waters; an annotated key
Steenstrup, E.; Tendal, O.S. (1982). The genus Thenea (Porifera, Demospongia, Choristida) in the Norwegian Sea and adjacent waters; an annotated key. Sarsia 67(4): 259-268
In: Sarsia. University of Bergen. Universitetsforlaget: Bergen. ISSN 0036-4827, more
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Keywords
    Animal morphology; New species; Synonymy; Taxonomy; Thenea abyssorum Koltun, 1964 [WoRMS]; Thenea muricata (Bowerbank, 1858) [WoRMS]; Thenea valdiviae Lendenfeld, 1907 [WoRMS]; Marine

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  • Steenstrup, E.
  • Tendal, O.S., more

Abstract
    Four species of Thenea are recognized in the North Atlantic instead of two, T. muricata (Bowerbank, 1858) and T. abyssorum Koltun, 1959, as currently believed. T. valdiviae Lendenfeld, 1906 and T. levis Lendenfeld, 1906, are removed from the synonymy with T. muricata, and the first description of fully grown specimens of T. levis is given. Most Arctic records of T. muricata refer to T. valdiviae. Giant multioscular specimens of T. muricata and T. valdiviae are considered to originate from fusion of several smaller specimens.

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