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Species Clathria (Thalysias) vulpina (Lamarck, 1814)

  • Spongia vulpina Lamarck, J.B.P.A. de Monet 1814. Sur les polypiers empâtés. Annales du Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle. Paris 20: 294-312, 370-386, 432-458 [449].
    Type data:
     Holotype MNHN Paris LBIM DT639 dry (fragment in BMNH Lamarck Collection), 'Southern Seas' (Australia).
  • Halichondria frondifera Bowerbank, J.S. 1875. Contributions to a general history of the Spongiadae. Part vii. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1875: 281-296 [288].
    Type data:
     Holotype BMNH 1877,5,21,1351 slide, Straits of Malacca [no coords available in egaz].
    Paratype(s) BMNH 1877.5.21.1352 1 slide, Gaspar Strait [no coords available in egaz].
  • Clathria reinwardti palmata Ridley, S.O. 1884. Report on the Zoological Collections made in the Indo-Pacific Ocean during the voyage of H.M.S. Alert, 1881–1882. Spongiida. (Part 1, Australian sponges). London : British Museum (Natural History) 366-482, pls 39-43. [447].
    Type data:
     Holotype BMNH 1881.10.21.264 dry (NMV photos 48/2), Bird Is., QLD [20°05'S 148°52'E].
  • Clathria corallitincta Dendy, A. 1889. Report on a second collection of sponges from the Gulf of Manaar. Annals and Magazine of Natural History 6 3: 73-99 pls 3-5 [85].
    Type data:
     Holotype BMNH 1889.1.21.17 wet (egaz), Tuticorin pearl banks, Gulf of Mannar, India [7°47'34"N 78°10'33"E].
  • Rhaphidophlus seriatus Thiele, J. 1899. Studien über pazifische Spongien. II. Ueber einige Spongien von Celebes. Zoologica (New York) 24: 1-33 pls 1-5 [14].
    Type data:
     Holotype NHMB 16-17 fragments dry and wet (egaz), Kema, Minahassa, Sulawesi (as Celebes), Indonesia [3°50'39"S 137°40'49"E].
    Paratype(s) BMNH 1908.9.24.165–166 wet.
  • Clathria frondifera setotubulosa Wilson, H.V. 1925. Silicious and horny sponges collected by the U.S. Fisheries steamer Albatross during the Philippine Expedition, 1907–10. In Contributions to the biology of the Philippine Archipelago and adjacent regions. Bulletin of the United States National Museum 100(2/4): i-vii 273-532 pls 37-52 [439].
    Type data:
     Holotype USNM 21256 wet (egaz), Philippines [7°00'59"N 124°45'20"E].
    Paratype(s) USNM 21257 wet.
  • Clathria frondifera dichela Hentschel, E. 1912. Kiesel- und Hornschwämme der Aru- und Kai Inseln. Abhandlungen der Senckenbergischen Naturforschenden Gesellschaft 34: 294-448 pls 13-21 [360].
    Type data:
     Holotype ML 1673 wet (fragment MNHParis LBIM DCL2230 - egaz), Aru I., Indonesia [3°50'39"S 137°40'49"E].


Taxonomic Decision for Synonymy

  • Hooper, J.N.A. in Hooper, J.N.A. & Wiedenmayer, F. 1994. Porifera. pp. 1-620 in Wells, A. (ed.). Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Melbourne : CSIRO Australia Vol. 12 xiii 624 pp. [Date published 21/Nov/1994] [274]




Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

Widespread tropical Indo-Pacific; also Indian Ocean, W Pacific Ocean, Red Sea and Indo-Malayan region.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Timor Transition (1), Northern Shelf Province (25), Northwest Shelf Transition (26), Central Western Shelf Transition (28), Central Western Shelf Province (29), Northwest Province (4), Northeast Shelf Province (40), Northeast Shelf Transition (41), Central Western Transition (5)

Ecological Descriptors

Filter-feeder, marine, sessile.

Extra Ecological Information

Depth intertidal waters–80 m; rock or dead coral reefs.


General References

Fromont, J. 2003. Porifera (Sponges) in the Dampier Archipelago: Taxonomic affinities and biogeography. Proceedings of the Twelfth International Marine Biological Workshop. The Marine Flora and Fauna of Dampier, Western Australia. 405-417 pp. [408] (Listed in this article)

Hooper, J.N.A. 1996. Revision of Microcionidae (Porifera: Poecilosclerida: Demospongiae), with description of Australian species. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 40: 1-626 [Date published 01/06/1996] [397]

Hooper, J.N.A., Capon, R.J., Keenan, C.P., Parry, D.L. & Smit, N. 1992. Chemotaxonomy of marine sponges: families Microcionidae, Raspailiidae and Axinellidae, and their relationships with other families in the orders Poecilosclerida and Axinellida (Porifera: Demospongiae). Invertebrate Taxonomy 6(2): 261-301 [263]

Hooper, J.N.A., List-Armitage, S.E., Kennedy, J.A., Cook, S.D. & Valentine, C.A. 1999. Sponges of the Low Isles, Great Barrier Reef: an important scientific site, or a case of mistaken identity? Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 44: 249-262 [258] (Listed in this article)

Hooper, J.N.A. & Lévi, C. 1993. Poecilosclerida from the New Caledonian lagoon (Porifera: Demospongiae). Invertebrate Taxonomy 7(5): 1221-1302 (distribution)

Nevalainen, T.J., Quinn, R.J. & Hooper, J.N.A. 2004. Phospholipase A2 in Porifera. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology 137(B): 413-420 [415]

Topsent, E. 1932. Eponges de Lamarck conservées au Muséum de Paris. Deuxième partie. Archives du Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris 6 8: 61-124 2 figs pls 1-6 [110]


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
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28-Feb-2012 13-Apr-2011 MODIFIED
12-Feb-2010 (import)