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Reproduction of Fused Larvæ in the Boring Sponge, Cliona celata Grant


LARVÆ of the sponge Lissodendoryx carolinensis fuse with each other if brought together in culture dishes, and some of the compound larvæ metamorphose1. Nevertheless, one would rarely expect such an event in Nature, as most sponge larvæ are released a few at a time, and disperse rapidly. In Cliona celata, however, I have observed successful reproduction by fused larvæ in a much more natural environment than a culture dish.

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    Wilson, H. V., J. Exp. Biol., 5 (2), 245 (1907).

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