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Hajdu, E.; Castello-Branco, C. (2014). Hamacantha (Hamacantha) boomerang sp. nov. from deep-sea coral mounds at Campos Basin, SW Atlantic, and redescription of H. (H.) schmidtii (Carter, 1882) (Hamacanthidae, Poecilosclerida, Demospongiae). Zootaxa. 3753(4): 384-390.
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Hajdu, E.; Castello-Branco, C.
2014
<em>Hamacantha (Hamacantha) boomerang </em>sp. nov. from deep-sea coral mounds at Campos Basin, SW Atlantic, and redescription of <em>H. (H.) schmidtii </em>(Carter, 1882) (Hamacanthidae, Poecilosclerida, Demospongiae)
Zootaxa
3753(4): 384-390
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There are 22 species of Hamacantha registered from all over the world, and frequently from deep-waters, only two of which had previously been reported from the SW Atlantic. Here we describe a third species for this area, Hamacantha (H.) boomerang sp. nov., collected from deep-sea coral mounds at Campos Basin (off Rio de Janeiro state). We found oxeas 271–630 µm long, diancistras in three size classes, 125–155, 45–69 and 20–29 µm, and toxas, 58–82 µm. This is the only Hamacantha combining oxeas and toxas, but the latter are very rare. The species approaches the Caribbean H. (H.) schmidtii (Carter, 1882), where we observed oxeas 390–495 µm long, and diancistras in three size classes, 109–124, 44–54 and 26–41 µm, however toxas appear to be absent. Both species are clearly distinct by micrometric values, as well as the overall morphology of the smaller diancistras, distinct from the intermediate category in the new species, but quite similar in H. (H.) schmidtii. Hamacantha (Vomerula) falcula approaches the new species very closely in microsclere dimensions and morphology, but is set apart by its styloid and smaller megascleres.
Atlantic Ocean (without specification)
Benthos
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