spongocoel


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Related to spongocoel: osculum, incurrent canal, Choanocytes, Cnidocytes

spon·go·coel

 (spŏng′gə-sēl′)
n. Zoology
The central cavity of a sponge, which opens to the outside by way of the osculum.

[Greek spongo-, sponge (from spongos) + -coel.]
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Konecki and Targett (1989) found that cod icefish, Lepidonotothen larseni (Nototheniidae), in waters adjacent to the Antarctic Peninsula utilize the spongocoel of the hexactinellid (glass) sponge Rossella nuda as a substrate on which to deposit their eggs.
Eggs and larvae of Nototlteniops larseni from the spongocoel of a hexactinellid sponge near Hugo Island, Antarctic Peninsula.