WoRMS taxon details

Merlia Kirkpatrick, 1908

168479  (urn:lsid:marinespecies.org:taxname:168479)

accepted
Genus
Merlia normani Kirkpatrick, 1908 (type by original designation)
Noronha Kirkpatrick, 1908 (junior synonym)
marine, brackish, fresh, terrestrial
recent only
Kirkpatrick, R. (1908). On Two new Genera of Recent Pharetronid Sponges. <em>Annals and Magazine of Natural History.</em> (8) 2 (12): 503-514,pls XIII-XV. [details]  OpenAccess publication 
Description Merlia is a genus of 'sclerosponges' which combine a calcareous basal skeleton with a complement of siliceous spicules....  
Description Merlia is a genus of 'sclerosponges' which combine a calcareous basal skeleton with a complement of siliceous spicules. Variously, either the basal skeleton or the spicules may be reduced or absent in individuals from wide ranging localities. Some of these have been given specific status but this needs to be further substantiated with genetic and life history studies. [details]

Taxonomy Kirkpatrick (1912) later decided that Merlia was a junior synonym of the fossil genus Monticulipora, but this is not...  
Taxonomy Kirkpatrick (1912) later decided that Merlia was a junior synonym of the fossil genus Monticulipora, but this is not supported here. He also detected 'zooxanthellae' in the basal chambers of the sponge (which were later revealed to be pellets of storage cells), for which he erected the name noronhae without assigning them to a specific genus of zooxanthellae. [details]
Van Soest, R.W.M; Boury-Esnault, N.; Hooper, J.N.A.; Rützler, K.; de Voogd, N.J.; Alvarez, B.; Hajdu, E.; Pisera, A.B.; Manconi, R.; Schönberg, C.; Klautau, M.; Picton, B.; Kelly, M.; Vacelet, J.; Dohrmann, M.; Díaz, M.-C.; Cárdenas, P.; Carballo, J. L.; Ríos, P.; Downey, R. (2019). World Porifera database. Merlia Kirkpatrick, 1908. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at: http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=168479 on 2019-01-19
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2005-07-10 18:05:41Z
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2005-12-14 09:04:28Z
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original description Kirkpatrick, R. (1908). On Two new Genera of Recent Pharetronid Sponges. <em>Annals and Magazine of Natural History.</em> (8) 2 (12): 503-514,pls XIII-XV. [details]  OpenAccess publication 

original description  (ofNoronha Kirkpatrick, 1908) Kirkpatrick, R. (1908). On Two new Genera of Recent Pharetronid Sponges. <em>Annals and Magazine of Natural History.</em> (8) 2 (12): 503-514,pls XIII-XV. [details]  OpenAccess publication 

basis of record Hajdu, E.; Van Soest, R.W.M. (2002). Family Merliidae Kirkpatrick, 1908. pp. 691-693. <i>In</i> Hooper, J.N.A. & Van Soest, R.W.M. (eds) Systema Porifera. A guide to the classification of sponges. Volume 1 (Kluwer Academic/ Plenum Publishers: New York, Boston, Dordrecht, London, Moscow).  [details]  Available for editors  PDF available [request] 
 
 Present  Inaccurate  Introduced: alien  Containing type locality 
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Description Merlia is a genus of 'sclerosponges' which combine a calcareous basal skeleton with a complement of siliceous spicules. Variously, either the basal skeleton or the spicules may be reduced or absent in individuals from wide ranging localities. Some of these have been given specific status but this needs to be further substantiated with genetic and life history studies. [details]

Taxonomy Kirkpatrick (1912) later decided that Merlia was a junior synonym of the fossil genus Monticulipora, but this is not supported here. He also detected 'zooxanthellae' in the basal chambers of the sponge (which were later revealed to be pellets of storage cells), for which he erected the name noronhae without assigning them to a specific genus of zooxanthellae. [details]
 



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