Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India

Volume 49 Issue 2
An account of hexactinellid sponge, Hyalonema (Cyliconema) apertum apertum collected from Andaman waters
K. Vinod*, 1Rani Mary George, N. K. Sanil, A. A. Jayaprakash, Hashim
The hexactinellid sponge collected aboard FORV Sagar Sampada from the eastern side of North Andaman waters at 13o06' N lat. and 93o11'E long. was identified as Hyalonema (Cyliconema) apertum apertum. This species, collected at a depth of 402 m, belonged to the Class Hexactinellida, Order Amphidiscosida and Family Hyalonematidae. The body is spindle-like, followed by basalia in the form of long twisted spicules. Identical specimens collected from 12o57' N lat. & 93o07' E long. and 12o45' N lat. & 93o09' E long. confirmed the presence of H. (Cyliconema) apertum apertum in the Central Andaman waters too. The present communication describes the characteristic features of H. (Cyliconema) apertum apertum along with a detailed account of the types and dimensions of spicules.
Deep-sea sponge, Hexactinellida, Hyalonema, Andaman waters
Date : 22-07-2008