Plakortis albicans, Cruz-Barraza & Vega & Carballo, 2014, Cruz-Barraza & Vega & Carballo, 2014

Cruz-Barraza, José Antonio, Vega, Cristina & Carballo, José Luis, 2014, Taxonomy of family Plakinidae (Porifera: Homoscleromorpha) from eastern Pacific coral reefs, through morphology and cox 1 and cob mtDNA data, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 171 (2), pp. 254-276 : 266-269

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Plakortis albicans

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PLAKORTIS ALBICANS View in CoL CRUZ- BARRAZA & CARBALLO, 2005 ( FIGS 2E View Figure 2 , 6 View Figure 6 )


Plakortis albicans Cruz-Barraza & Carballo, 2005: 4 View in CoL .

Material examined

LEB-ICML-UNAM-1106, Punta Mita (Nayarit), 20°46′20″N, 105°32′49″W, 3 m depth, 19.ii.2005 GoogleMaps . LEB- ICML-UNAM-1283, El Arrocito (Oaxaca) 15°44′25″N, 96°51′31″W, 4 m depth, 11.iv.2005 GoogleMaps . LEB-ICML-UNAM- 1408, San Agustín (Oaxaca) 15°41′9″N, 96°13′46″W, 6 m depth, 9.iv.2005 GoogleMaps . LEB-ICML-UNAM-1718, Bahía Tiburones, Isabel Island (Nayarit), 21°50′38″N, 105°52′14″W, 2 m depth, 29.iii.2011 GoogleMaps . LEB-ICML-UNAM- 2009, Caleta de Bines, Socorro Island (Revillagigedo), 18°44′10″N, 110°57′37″W, 6 m depth, 7.xi.2009 GoogleMaps . LEB- ICML-UNAM-2070, Punta Mita (Nayarit), 20°46′20″N, 105°32′49″W, 3 m depth, 29.iii.2012 GoogleMaps . LEB-ICML-UNAM- 2071, Bahía Tiburones, Isabel Island (Nayarit), 21°50′38″N, 105°52′14″W, 2 m depth, 26.iii.2012 GoogleMaps . LEB- ICML-UNAM-2356, Bahía Tiburones, Isabel Island (Nayarit), 21°50′38″N, 105°52′14″W, 2 m depth, 29.xi.2012 GoogleMaps . LEB-ICML-UNAM-2357, Bahía Tiburones, Isabel Island (Nayarit), 21°50′38″N, 105°52′14″W, 2 m depth, 5.ix.2011 GoogleMaps . LEB-ICML-UNAM-2358, Bahía Tiburones, Isabel Island (Nayarit), 21°50′38″N, 105°52′14″W, 2 m depth, 5.ix.2011 GoogleMaps .


Thickly encrusting species (from 1 to 2 mm in thickness), from 1 to 4 cm diameter, meandering between dead coral base and rocks ( Fig. 2E View Figure 2 ). The surface is smooth, characteristically sculpted by subectosomal canals (50– 150 μm in diameter). It also has subectosomal spaces, which are regularly distributed over the surface (from 33.3 to 83 μm in diameter). Oscula are circular-shaped and slightly elevated from the surface, measuring 0.5 mm in diameter. Consistency is slightly compressible but firm, easy to tear. Colour in life is white to ivory and dark greyish-blue, preserved it turns paler.

Spicules: diods and triods ( Table 4). Diods are irregularly curved along the shaft, sometimes bent one or two times near the centre ( Fig. 6A View Figure 6 ). They are abundant and variable in size, from 12.5 to 162.5 μm long by 0.3 to 5 μm width. The triods are less abundant than diods, with an irregular or equal-angled shaped. The rays are mostly straight or slightly bent. The size of the rays is very variable, 5–37.5 μm long, (total spicule length 10–72.5 μm).

Skeleton: ectosome possesses a tangential alveolar skeletal structure of spicule tracts (5 to 15 μm in diameter), with meshes from 15 to 50 μm in diameter ( Fig. 6B View Figure 6 ). The choanosomal skeleton is a dense and relatively disorganized reticulation of spicule tracts, with meshes from 20 to 50 μm in diameter ( Fig. 6C View Figure 6 ). Choanosomal canals from 70 to 350 μm in diameter.

DNA barcode sequence data

Two specimens from Isabel Island, (Nayarit) and two from the type locality, Mazatlan Bay ( Cruz-Barraza & Carballo, 2005), were sequenced and 584 bp of cox1 and 388 bp cob mtDNA were used for comparison. Individuals showed an identical sequence for both fragments, confirming together with morphology that they correspond to the same species. Comparison of our sequences with sequences available in GenBank showed that the nearest species to Plakortis albicans is Plakinastrella sp. from Florida, USA (EU237487.1 named as Plakinastrella cf. onkodes ) with 99% similarity for cox1 and 98% for cob. Although the specimen of this sequence appears in GenBank as Plakinastrella cf. onkodes , it was originally identified as Plakortis angulospiculatus ( Carter, 1882) (by Lavrov et al., 2008), and in later revisions it was named as Plakinastrella sp. (by Gazave et al., 2010) and Plakinastrella onkodes (by Ereskovsky et al., 2014).

Sequences of cox1 and cob of Plakortis albicans have been deposited in GenBank with accession numbers: cox1 pending; cob: pending.

Ecology and distribution

The species has been described from Lobos Island in Mazatlan Bay (Sinaloa, Mexico, East Pacific Ocean ). In the present study, specimens were collected in shallow water (3 to 6 m depth) over dead corals from Bahía Tiburones ( Isabel Island , Nayarit), Punta Mita (Nayarit), Caleta de Bines (Socorro Island, Revillagigedo), El Arrocito and San Agustín (Oaxaca). This is the first record for Plakortis albicans associated with coral reefs from the Mexican Pacific coast .


Specimens described here as Plakortis albicans agree very well with the morphological description of the species ( Cruz-Barraza & Carballo, 2005), and sequences also show a nucleotide composition identical to the specimens collected from the type locality, Mazatlán Bay.














Plakortis albicans

Cruz-Barraza, José Antonio, Vega, Cristina & Carballo, José Luis 2014

Plakortis albicans

Cruz-Barraza JA & Carballo JL 2005: 4
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