Thoosa (sponge)

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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Porifera
Class: Demospongiae
Order: Tetractinellida
Family: Thoosidae
Hancock, 1849 [1]

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  • AnnandaleaTopsent, 1928
  • AnnandalenaTopsent, 1932
  • ThooceLaubenfels, 1936

Thoosa is a genus of sea sponges in the family Thoosidae. [1] This genus is known for boring holes in corals. [2] It contains sixteen described species.

A genus is a taxonomic rank used in the biological classification of living and fossil organisms, as well as viruses, in biology. In the hierarchy of biological classification, genus comes above species and below family. In binomial nomenclature, the genus name forms the first part of the binomial species name for each species within the genus.

Family is one of the eight major hierarchical taxonomic ranks in Linnaean taxonomy; it is classified between order and genus. A family may be divided into subfamilies, which are intermediate ranks between the ranks of family and genus. The official family names are Latin in origin; however, popular names are often used: for example, walnut trees and hickory trees belong to the family Juglandaceae, but that family is commonly referred to as being the "walnut family".

Coral Marine invertebrates of the class Anthozoa

Corals are marine invertebrates within the class Anthozoa of the phylum Cnidaria. They typically live in compact colonies of many identical individual polyps. Corals species include the important reef builders that inhabit tropical oceans and secrete calcium carbonate to form a hard skeleton.


Species in this genus include: [1]

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  1. 1 2 3 Boury-Esnault, N., van Soest, R. (2014). Van Soest RW, Boury-Esnault N, Hooper JN, Rützler K, de Voogd NJ, de Glasby BA, Hajdu E, Pisera AB, Manconi R, Schoenberg C, Janussen D, Tabachnick KR, Klautau M, Picton B, Kelly M, Vacelet J (eds.). "Thoosa Hancock, 1849". World Porifera database. World Register of Marine Species . Retrieved 2014-05-22.
  2. Hooper, John N. A.; van Soest, R.W.M., eds. (2002). Systema Porifera: A Guide to the Classification of Sponges. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers. ISBN   978-0-30647260-2.