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Axinella estacioi n.sp. (Porifera, Axinellida) from caves of the Strait of Gibraltar (southern Iberian Peninsula)
Carballo, J.L.; Garcia-Gómez, J.C. (1995). Axinella estacioi n.sp. (Porifera, Axinellida) from caves of the Strait of Gibraltar (southern Iberian Peninsula). Cah. Biol. Mar. 36(4): 245-250
In: Cahiers de Biologie Marine. Station Biologique de Roscoff: Paris. ISSN 0007-9723, more
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  • Carballo, J.L.
  • Garcia-Gómez, J.C.

Abstract
    A species new to science in the genus Axinella is described from caves of Tarifa Island (Strait of Gibraltar). It has a characteristic form, with branches fanning out from the stems on the same plane, in an alternating or opposing fashion, thus giving the branches a feather-like appearance, which clearly distinguishes the species from other known species. The spicules are characterized by their simplicity and by the frequent presence of a proximal or subproximal swelling. A. estacioi is compared with related Atlantic and Mediterranean species, and with the Axinella previously found in the Strait of Gibraltar.

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