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Luffisphaera turriformis Vørs, 1993

Diagnosis: Spine scales consist of a cylindrical base sup porting a cone-shaped part, which gradually tapers to a long narrow rod. This rod is mounted by a long, thin rod of about half its width. The lattice of the cone is composed of distinct longitudinal ribs, between which is a lattice of small square or hexagonal perforations. Cell spherical, 4-5 µm in diameter, covered with a dense layer of scales. Most of these are base scales, but more than 50 or so are spine scales. Spine scales consist ofa cylindrical base supporting a cone-shaped part, which gradually tapers to a long narrow rod. This rod is mounted by a long, thin rod of about half its width. The base comprises two differently patterned parts: a proximal lattice with irregular pattern, and a distal lattice with a regular pattern of square perforations. The lattice of the cone is composed of distinct longitudinal ribs. Between these lies a lattice of one or more rows of square or hexagonal perforations. The distal rods consist of smooth or finely striated non-lattice material. The spine scales are 2.9-3.8 µm in total length.

Ecology: Marine, Belize.

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