First report of marine sponge Chelonaplysilla delicata (Demospongiae: Darwinellidae) from the Andaman Sea/Indian Ocean with baseline information of epifauna on a mesophotic shipwreck

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Rocktim Ramen Das
Titus Immanuel
Raj Kiran Lakra
Karan Baath
Ganesh Thiruchitrambalam


During a biodiversity assessment on a wreck located in the Andaman Sea (Andaman Islands), a single specimen of sponge Chelonaplysilla delicata was recorded. Our finding confirms the species taxonomy and highlights the current observation as a first report from the Andaman Sea/Indian Ocean. The baseline information on epifaunaof the wreck is further stated in this study.

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