Prolific Axinella demosponge

Axinella proliferans Ridley, 1884 (OTU QM1873) [Demospongiae, Halichondrida, Axinellidae] Fan-shaped with lamellae in one plane, yellow alive, beige in ethanol, small oscules on margins of fan, firm but compressible texture, optically smooth but microscopically uneven surface with irregular conulose projections scattered. Uncommon, known only from the Indian Ocean (Seychelles) and Indo-west Pacific (Chuuk Atoll).

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