Haliclona xenomorpha Dinn, 2020: 391
- Holotype: ARC 81426, collected by DFO CCGS Teleost RV Survey on 17 September 2018.
- Type locality: “north of Brion Island, Canada (48.0568N, 61.50641W), 69 m depth”.
- Paratypes (2): ARC 81427, “central Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada (47.9871N, 63.0248W), 63.5 m depth”, coll. by DFO CCGS Teleost RV Survey in 13 September 2018; ARC 81428, “East of Cap d’Espoir, Canada (48.3587N, 63.6829W), 49 m depth”, coll. by DFO snow crab survey aboard the Jean Mathieu in 17 August 2018.
- Etymology: from the Greek xénos meaning alien or strange and morphḗ meaning shape, in reference to the thick and often irregular flagellosigmas. These spicules also resemble the derelict spacecraft from the 1979 film Alien directed by Ridley Scott, and the name pays homage to the titular antagonist of the series.
- ZooBank: 83A1F469-C799-4D43-865F-C9D9C593E7BA
Primary references Edit
- Dinn, C. 2020. A new species of Haliclona (Flagellia) Van Soest, 2017 (Porifera, Demospongiae, Heteroscleromorpha) from the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada. Zootaxa 4778(2): 391–395. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4778.2.10 Reference page.