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Free Content Significance of Life History Studies of Calcareous Sponges for Species Determinaton

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Studies on Clathrina coriacea (Montagu, 1818) and Clathrina blanca (Miklucho-Maclay, 1868) were initiated to determine whether the species names are synonymous. Differences in external morphology, spicule dimensions, cytology, habitat preference, reproductive period, larvae, recruitment, growth, and mortality confirm that the two sponges are separate species. This investigation also demonstrates that detailed life history studies of calcareous sponges are essential for separating closely related species.

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Publication date: July 1, 1978

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