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New Chaunoplectella from Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone

Added on 2018-01-23 16:25:46 by Dohrmann, Martin
Wang, C.; Zhang, Y.; Lu, B.; Wang, D. (2018). New hexactinellid sponge Chaunoplectella megapora sp. nov. (Lyssacinosida: Leucopsacidae) from Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone, Eastern Pacific Ocean. Zootaxa 4375:136–142.
The new Hexactinellid sponge Chaunoplectella megapora sp. nov. reported in this study was collected from the COMRA contract area, the western part of Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone (CCFZ) in the eastern Pacific Ocean at a depth of 5258 m. This sponge’s extraordinary multiporous body with the presence of unique codonhexasters, sigmatocomes, toothed dis- cohexasters and hemidiscohexasters, as well as stellate disocohexasters, characterizes it as a new species in the genus Chaunoplectella. This report presents the first record of family Leucopsacidae at this site in the eastern Pacific Ocean.


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