Vertical view (left) and close-up of fossil holotype of Larispongia magdalenae, from Carrera (1998).

Belongs within: Porifera.
Contains: Hexasterophora, Amphidiscophora.

The Hexactinellida, glass sponges, are a group of sponges with a skeleton composed of silica, around with the (relatively sparse) cellular material is mostly conjoined into a multinucleate syncytium.

Characters (from Adl et al. 2012): Siliceous spicules triaxonic, hexactinic; cells forming extensive multinucleate syncytium, with some differentiated cells; electrical conductance across body; noncontractile body; larvae (poorly known) with medial region of ciliated cells.

<==Hexactinellida [Rossellimorpha, Triaxonia]
    |  |--AmphidiscophoraEL11
    |  `--Hemidiagoniella Botting 2004B04
    |       |--*H. tenax Botting 2004B04
    |       `--H. caseus Botting 2004B04
    `--+--Rufuspongia Rigby & Mehl 1994 [Rufuspongiidae]B04
            |    |--Polyplectella mira Ruedemann 1925RB93
            |    `--Teganium subsphaerica (Walcott 1879)RB93
                 |--Hintzespongia bilamina Rigby & Gutschick 1976B04
                 `--Stephenospongia Rigby 1986RB93, B04
                      `--S. magnipora Rigby 1986RB93
Hexactinellida incertae sedis:
  Semperella schulzeiF79
  Brabbinithes churkini Allison 1975G79
  Holtenia crateromorphaH04
  Sclerothamnus spiralisH04
  Polyopogon amaduH04
  Saccocalyx pedunculataH04
  Crateromorpha meyeriH04
  Hyaloslylus divesH04
  Polylophus philippinensisH04
  Stylocalyx teneraH04
  Heterochone calyxPP15
  Sympagella nuxPP15
  Mattaspongia apaches (Rigby 1970)B04
  Griphodictya epiphanies Hall & Clark 1898B04
  Itararella gracilis Kling & Reif 1969B04
  Prismodictya [Reticulosaidae]JB12
  Saetaspongia densaC12

*Type species of generic name indicated


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[B04] Botting, J. P. 2004. An exceptional Caradoc sponge fauna from the Llanfawr Quarries, central Wales and phylogenetic implications. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology 2 (1): 31–63.

[C12] Chen, J.-Y. 2012. Evolutionary scenario of the early history of the animal kingdom: evidence from Precambrian (Ediacaran) Weng’an and Early Cambrian Maotianshan biotas, China. In: Talent, J. A. (ed.) Earth and Life: Global biodiversity, extinction intervals and biogeographic perturbations through time pp. 239–379. Springer.

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[F79] Fry, W. G. 1979. Taxonomy, the individual and the sponge. In: Larwood, G., & B. R. Rosen (eds) Biology and Systematics of Colonial Organisms pp. 49–80. Academic Press: London.

[G79] Glaessner, M. F. 1979. Precambrian. In: Robison, R. A., & C. Teichert (eds) Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology pt A. Introduction. Fossilisation (Taphonomy), Biogeography and Biostratigraphy pp. A79–A118. The Geological Society of America, Inc.: Boulder (Colorado), and The University of Kansas: Lawrence (Kansas).

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[RB93] Rigby, J. K., G. E. Budd, R. A. Wood & F. Debrenne. 1993. Porifera. In: Benton, M. J. (ed.) The Fossil Record 2 pp. 71–99. Chapman & Hall: London.

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