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Two New Marine Sponges of Genus Halichondria (Halichondrida: Halichondriidae) from Korea

  • Kang, Dong-Won (Department of Biological Sciences, College of Life Science and Nano Technology, Hannam University) ;
  • Sim, Chung-Ja (Department of Biological Sciences, College of Life Science and Nano Technology, Hannam University)
  • Published : 2008.07.31

Abstract

Two new marine sponges in family Halichondriidae, Halichondria ulleungensis n. sp. and H. hongdoenesis n. sp. are collected from Ulleungdo Island and Hongdo Island, Korea by SCUBA diving during 2003-2004. H. ulleungensis n. sp. is similar to H. corrugata Diaz, Pomponi and van Soest, 1993 in the type of spicule, but it is different in growth form and choanosomal skeleton. The growth form is encrusting, with numerous erected cylindrical tube, comparing with massive-lobate of H. corrugata. The choanosomal skeleton is confused with loosely arranged oxea tract, comparing with densely tracts with many spicules of H. corrugata. H. hongdoenesis n. sp. is similar to H. surrubicunda Hoshino, 1981 in type of spicule and growth form, but this species has two kinds (thick and thin) of oxea.

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