Home|Search|Identify|Taxonomic tree|Quiz|About this site|Feedback
Developed by ETI BioInformatics
Characteristics, distribution and ecology
Taxonomische classification
Synonyms and common names
Literature references
Images, audio and video
Links to other Web sites

(Topsent, 1892a)

Species Overview

Phorbas dendyi (Topsent, 1892a) is a yellowish, small, stalked fan or club, with characteristic surface areoles and a soft consistency. It is a northern deep-water species.

Taxonomic Description

Colour: Yellow-white to grey-violet.
Shape, size, surface and consistency: (Phorbas dendyi photo) Club-shaped or fan-shaped, 0.5-3 cm high, attached to pebbles. Surface provided with areolated porefields, but smooth inbetween. Oscules ca. 1 mm. Consistency soft.
Spicules: (Phorbas dendyi spics) Megascleres: Ectosomal tornotes strongylote: 213-300 x 4-8 µm; acanthostyles: 180-350 x 10-18 µm.
Microscleres: Arcuate isochelae: 23-56 µm.
Skeleton: Tornotes form bundles and brushes at the surface. Choanosomal skeleton consists of plumose bundles of acanthostyles, echinated sparingly by the same type of acanthostyles.
Ecology: Deep water, on stones, from 70 m down to 1100 m.
Distribution: North Atlantic: East Greenland, Norway, Scotland, SW Ireland; Azores.
Type specimen information: The type is in the Monaco Museum.


This is the only Phorbas with a stalked habit. The species is ill-known.
Source: Stephens, 1920

Phorbas dendyi