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Noun1.Glass sponge - a siliceous sponge (with glassy spicules) of the class Hyalospongiaeglass sponge - a siliceous sponge (with glassy spicules) of the class Hyalospongiae
parazoan, poriferan, sponge - primitive multicellular marine animal whose porous body is supported by a fibrous skeletal framework; usually occurs in sessile colonies
class Hyalospongiae, Hyalospongiae - sponges with siliceous spicules that have six rays; choanocytes are restricted to finger-shaped chambers
Venus's flower basket - a deep-water marine sponge having a cylindrical skeleton of intricate glassy latticework; found in the waters of the East Indies and the eastern coast of Asia
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When a catastrophic ice shelf collapse in Antarctica opened up prime seafloor real estate, enterprising creatures called glass sponges showed up with unprecedented speed to stake their claim.
In situ feeding and metabolism of glass sponges (Hexactinellida.
The disappearing ice had invited newcomers into the area, such as fast-growing, gelatinous sea squirts and slow-growing animals called glass sponges.
New species found in the area included fast-growing, gelatinous sea squirts and slow-growing animals called glass sponges.
(1974) state that glass sponges provide almost all of the vertical structure on the sea floor in the Ross Sea of Antarctica.
Their mission: to search for open-ocean specimens of reef-building glass sponges, a Lazarus taxon that had been discovered in protected waters off the coast of Canada in the 1990s.
In the glass sponges Oopsacas minuta and Rhabdocalyptus dawsoni, particles are thought to be trapped at the collar microvilli by a thin layer of the syncytial trabecular reticulum that surrounds the distal region of each collar (Perez, 1996; Wyeth, 1999).