CLASSIFICATION OF LEUCILLA

PHYLUM :- PORIFERA (Pore bearing, cellular grade, asymmetrical or radially symmetrical.)

CLASS :- CALCAREA (Calcareous spicules present.)

ORDER :- HETEROCOE (Syconoid sponges with internal folds. )

FAMILY :-  SYCETTIDAE 

GENUS :- Leucila

GEOGRAPHICAL DISTRIBUTION

Found in Europe and U.S.A.

HABIT AND HABITAT

It is a small solitary and marine sponge.

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GENERAL CHARACTERSTICS OF LEUCILLA

  • Anterior apical portion is narrow. 
  • Posterior basal portion is broad and attached to substratum.
  • Osculum is situated at the anterior extremity and is surrounded by oscular fringe of monaxon spicules. 
  • Canal system is of primitive leuconoid type.
  • Each radial canal is subdivided into elongated flagellated chambers, grouped around a common excurrent channel. 
  • Skeleton is of inarticulate type.

IDENTIFICATION

The specimen has narrow anterior end with pores, oscular fringe and all above features hence it is Leucila

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