Aru Island Axinella demosponge

Axinella aruensis (Hentschel, 1912) (OTU QM0153) [Demospongiae, Halichondrida, Axinellidae] Palmate digitate fan, colour ranging from yellow, orange, red to brown, with a slimy very smooth surface optically, microscopically micropapillose, with stellate oscular openings on one side of the fan. Common on the northwest tropical and subtropical coasts, rare on the north east coast of Australia, with the type locality of Aru Island in southeast Indonesia.

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