"Living fossil" sphinctozoan coralline sponge colonies in shallow water caves of the Osprey Reef (Coral Sea) and the Astrolabe Reefs (Fiji Islands)
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First published (peer reviewed)In: Reitner, Joachim (Eds.) Globale und regionale Steuerungsfaktoren biogener Sedimentation
Geol. Inst. der Georg-august-Univ., 1996
Three new types of aRecent colonial sphinctozoan coralline sponge are presented. All types show close relationships to the taxon Vaceletia crypta, a non colonial form from Indo-Pacific reef caves. The first two types were discovered in shallow water reef caves of the Osprey Reef, which is 10- cated on the northern Queensland Plateau in the Coral Sea. The sponges are common in these caves. The third type of a colonial sphinctozoan was found only at three localities at the North Astrolabe Reef and Great Astrolabe Reef of the Fiji Islands. The third type shows similarities with a previously described deep water variation of Vaceletia from New Caledonia.