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Endectyon lamellosa N.Sp., (Demospongiae : Poecilosclerida, Raspailiidae) from the Indian Seas and a Revised Key to the Indian Species of Endectyon Topsent
Thomas, P.A. (1981). Endectyon lamellosa N.Sp., (Demospongiae : Poecilosclerida, Raspailiidae) from the Indian Seas and a Revised Key to the Indian Species of Endectyon Topsent. J. Mar. Biol. Assoc. India 18(1): 169-172
In: Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India. The Marine Biological Association of India: Cochin. ISSN 0025-3146, more
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Keywords
    Growth; New species; Taxonomy; Endectyon Topsent, 1920 [WoRMS]; Porifera [WoRMS]; Marine

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  • Thomas, P.A.

Abstract
    Hitherto only two species of Endectyon Topsent (E. fruticosa and E. thurstoni (Dendy, 1887)) are known to occur in the Indian Seas. But an extensive survey undertaken during the years 1964-67 revealed the presence of a new species in the Indian Seas, and a detailed description of the same is furnished. The present new species differs from the previously known species mentioned above, both in the form of growth and spicular constitution. Taking the lamellar form of growth found in the present new species into account, the specific name lamellosa is suggested here. A revised key for the Indian species of Endectyon Topsent is also provided herewith for easy identification.

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