Tethya californiana

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Tethya californiana


Taxonavigation: Tethyida 

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Parazoa
Phylum: Porifera
Classis: Demospongiae
Subclassis: Heteroscleromorpha
Ordo: Tethyida

Familia: Tethyidae
Genus: Tethya
Species: Tethya californiana



Tethya californiana de Laubenfels, 1932

  • Syntypes (2): USNM 21495 and BMNH, collected by Max de Laubenfels on 25 July 1926.
  • Type locality: “Pescadero Point [(36º33.6′N, 121º57.1′W)], near Carmel, Calif. [=California], intertidal”.


  • Tethya aurantium var. californiana de Laubenfels, 1932: 44 [original combination, as variety]
  • Tehya californianaSarà & Corriero, 1993: 203 [subsequent combination, elevate to species]


  • Tethya leysae Heim & Nickel, 2010: 5 [synonymised by Austin et al. (2014: 63)]
    • Holotype: NHM 2009.5.1.1, collected by Sally P. Leys on 25 June 2003.
    • Type locality: “Rocky hard bottom substrate in the shallow Infralittoral (10-25 m depth) near Ohiat Islet, Northeast Pacific, Barkley Sound, Bamfield, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, coordinates 48°51′3.00′′ N, 125°11′60.00′′ W”.
  • Tethya vacua Austin, Ott, Reiswig, Romagosa & McDaniel, 2014: 76 [synonymised by Turner (2020: 219)]
    • Holotype: CASIZ 053441, collected by France & Efford on 24 December 1981.
    • Type locality: “Channel Islands, southern California, (34°0′N, 120°0.1′W), 9 m depth”.



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