Leucilla proteus Dendy, 1913

Van, Rob W. M. & De, Nicole J., 2018, Calcareous sponges of the Western Indian Ocean and Red Sea, Zootaxa 4426 (1), pp. 1-160: 151

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Leucilla proteus Dendy, 1913


Leucilla proteus Dendy, 1913 

Dendy (1913: 26) described this species from the Seychelles as distinct, but very close to L. australiensis ( Carter, 1886)  . He suggested that it was possible that the small Seychelles specimens could be juveniles of the Australian species. L. australiensis  was also reported from Indonesia (cf. Van Soest & De Voogd 2015, p. 95) and from South Africa ( Borojević 1967, p. 221). Borojević (1967) and Borojević & Boury-Esnault (1987b) supported Dendy’s view and synonymized L. proteus  with L. australiensis  , but eventually Borojević et al. (2000) reassigned L. proteus  to Paraleucilla proteus  as a separate valid species. Above, the species is compared with Paraleucilla erpenbecki  sp.nov., showing that the differences with that species are considerable.