A Systematic Revision of the Central-Atlantic Halichondrida (Demospongiae, Porifera). Part I: Evaluation of Characters and Diagnosis of Genera

  • M. C. Diaz
  • R. W. M. van Soest
  • S. A. Pomponi


The order Halichondrida has been erected to separate demosponges that possess a confused skeletal arrangement, a simple spicule complement of oxea, and/or styles and a differentiated ectosomal skeleton (Levi 1973; Bergquist 1978; Hartman 1982). Although at present, they are considered a separate order, the problem is recognized of establishing the relationships within the group and with other Demospongiae orders.


Gulf ofMexico Wide Size Range Peripheral Skeleton Perpendicular Section Tangential View 
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  • M. C. Diaz
  • R. W. M. van Soest
  • S. A. Pomponi

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