Beautiful rhaphoxyid demosponge

Pararhaphoxya pulchra (Brøndsted, 1924) (OTU QM2637) [Demospongiae, Halichondrida, Axinellidae] Branching cylindrical digits on a short basal holdfast attached to the substrate, oscules rare and very small, pale orange brown alive, pale brown preserved, firm but flexible texture, surface optically flaccid in life, microscopically villose. Known only from the North Island of New Zealand.

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