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On the Euplectella aspergillum, Owen; or "venus's Flower Basket," A species of sponge belonging to the alcyonoid family; and a notice of the Iiyalonema or "Glass Rope" sponge.

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Bennett, George (1875) On the Euplectella aspergillum, Owen; or "venus's Flower Basket," A species of sponge belonging to the alcyonoid family; and a notice of the Iiyalonema or "Glass Rope" sponge. Papers & Proceedings and Report of the Royal Society of Tasmania. pp. 59-65.

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Abstract

Sponges assume a great variety of forms, some are cylindrical and cup-shaped, others are flattened, spherical, and finger shaped, varying in size from small specks to gigantic dimensions, the latter exemplified in the so-called "Neptune's Cup," (Thalassema neptuni) a specimen of which is in the Museum of the Society. Some of the sponges display a great variety of rich colours, from bright scarlet and mauve, to pale yellow and rose, but the beautiful and delicate tints change when exposed to the air to a dull brownish hue. Sponges are formed of a soft glairy substance termed sarcode, which envelopes a skeleton composed of silicious, calcareous, or horny material. The first exemplified by the Euplectella, Hyalonema, Holienia, Rossella,&c.; &c.; the second by the genus Grantia, and the last by the common sponge (Spongia communis) forming an elastic substance extensively employed for domestic purposes.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, Van Diemens Land, VDL, Hobart Town, natural sciences, proceedings, records
Journal or Publication Title: Papers & Proceedings and Report of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 59-65
Additional Information: In 1843 the Horticultural and Botanical Society of Van Diemen's Land was founded and became the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science in 1844. In 1855 its name changed to Royal Society of Tasmania for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science. In 1911 the name was shortened to Royal Society of Tasmania.
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2012 03:44
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:43
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/15317
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