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Sponges of the family Esperiopsidae (Demospongiae, Poecilosclerida) from Northwest Africa, with the descriptions of four new species.

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Author(s): Rob van Soest | Elly J. Beglinger | Nicole J. de Voogd

Journal: European Journal of Taxonomy
ISSN 2118-9773

Issue: 18;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Sponges | new species | Esperiopsidae | Mauritania | Cape Verde Islands

ABSTRACT
Sponges belonging to the genera Amphilectus Vosmaer, Esperiopsis Carter and Ulosa de Laubenfels of the family Esperiopsidae were collected during 1986 and 1988 expeditions of the Netherlands Centre for Biodiversity Naturalis (at that time the National Museum of Natural History at Leiden and the Zoological Museum of Amsterdam) in waters off the coasts of Mauritania and the Cape Verde Islands. Four new species, Amphilectus utriculus sp. nov., Amphilectus strepsichelifer sp. nov., Esperiopsis cimensis sp. nov., Ulosa capblancensis sp. nov., and two already known species, Amphilectus cf. fucorum (Esper) and Ulosa stuposa (Esper) are described and discussed.
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