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e-ased.org, vol. 35, no. 4, pp.200-203, 2019

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5635/ASED.2019.35.4.027

New Species of the Genus Mycale from Ieodo Ocean Research Station, Korea

Dong Won Kang, Sang-Hui Lee, Hyung June Kim*

Affiliation: National Marine Biodiversity Institute of Korea, Seocheon 33662, Korea

Abstract: A new marine sponges, Mycale (Carmia) ieoensis n. sp., of the family Mycalidae was collected SCUBA diving in June 2017 from Ieodo Ocean Research Station, Korea. M. (C.) ieoensis n. sp. is encrusting to irregular massive type, yellow in life. This new species is similar to M. nullarosette Hoshino, 1981 in color and growth form but it differs in spicule size and sigma shape. Spicule size of M. (C.) ieoensis n. sp. smaller than that M. nullarosette. Also, M. (C.) ieoensis n. sp. has two size toxa, but M. nullarosette is not. The new species are compared to other Mycale species from the Korean region, and similar species from elsewhere.

Keyword: new sponge, Mycalidae, Mycale, Korea