Parenchymula larva of Porifera: Morphotype II

Porifera: Demospongiae


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10x Plan Fluor / 20x Plan Fluor / 40x Plan Fluor / 60x Plan Fluor. DIC. Sampled in Bay of Santander. August, 8th 2017.


“… sponge larvae usually are not observed in plankton samples. They are lecitotrophic and spend their short free life span most often near the bottom.” Larink, O. & Westheide, W. (2011).

This larva (specimen) had many lipid droplets and, therefore, the it remained floating on the surface of the water.


Larink, O. & Westheide, W. (2011). Coastal plankton. Verlag Dr. Friedrich Pfeil. München. (see p. 52).
Maldonado, M. & Bergquist, P.R. (2002). Phylum Porifera. Chapter 2, Atlas of Marine Invertebrate larvae. Young, C.M., Sewell, M.A., & Rice, M.E. (eds). Academic Press. San Diego, CA.

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