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This sponge may be called as mermaid globe or dead man fingers as it is palm shaped with several fingers perforated with oscula. The skeleton of the present specimens apparently made of spongin fibers. Siliceous spicules are not visible. These specimens also show radial symmetry and Leuconoid type canal system as its body is massive and shows numerous flagellated chambers.

The present form is morphologically comparable with the known extant genera, Chalina. Though, the general morphology of the dead man finger is very clearly visible in the present specimens, it differs in not having siliceous skeleton. It is possible that this taxon may be representing ancestral lineage of Chalina. The skeleton in this case is made up of organic material, apparently similar to mucus lie sol or stiff gel, which is a transitional stage in the development of mineralized skeleton in Chalina.

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