CATALOG OF ORIGINAL DESCRIPTIONS: Octodendron spathillatum Haeckel 1887

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Higher levels: rads_cat -> O -> Octodendron -> Octodendron spathillatum
Other pages this level: O. arachnoidale, O. araucaria, O. arboretum, O. contortum, O. cubocentron, O. hamuliferum, O. nidum, O. pinetum, O. spathillatum, O. spirale, O. verticillatum

Octodendron spathillatum

Citation: Octodendron spathillatum Haeckel 1887
Rank: species
Type specimens: pl.18, figs.2,4
Type repository: No information given
Described on page(s) : p.280
Family (traditional): Actinommidae
Family (modern): Centrocubidae

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Current identification:

Original Description
Radial spines eight, three-sided prismatic, with contorted edges, five to eight times as long as the diameter of the shell-cavity (the free part twice as long). From each spine arise ten to twelve verticils of lateral branches; each verticil composed of three forked branches. The proximal larger branches ramify richly, and form by their connection the loose spongy framework of the spherical shell; the distal smaller branches are simple or bifurcated, and the ramules are provided with an elegant spathillum at the end (fig. 4) Entire surface of the spongy sphere covered with innumerable bristle-shaped radial spines (half as long as the cavity radius), zig-zag bent, with beards, and with a spathillum at the end.

Diameter of the spongy sphere 1 mm., of its central cavity 0.15, of the central cube 0.02; length of the spines 1 to 1.2 mm., breadth 0.008.

Editors' Notes
Haeckel listed Octodendron spathillatum under the subgeneric name Octodendridium, but did not include the subgeneric name in the species name.

See also Spongiomma spathillatum and Octodendron araucaria in Haeckel, 1887a.


Haeckel, E (1887). Report on the Radiolaria collected by H.M.S. Challenger during the years 1873-1876. Report on the Scientific Results of the Voyage of H.M.S. Challenger during the year 1873-1876, Zoology. 18: 1-1803. gs


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