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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Porifera
Class: Hexactinellida
Order: Lyssakida
Family: Titusvilliidae
Genus: Titusvillia
Caster, 1939
T. drakei
Binomial name
Titusvillia drakei
Caster, 1939

Titusvillia is an extinct genus of colonial glass sponges that existed during the carboniferous period around 300 million years ago. [1] [2] It is represented by a single species, Titusvillia drakei.

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