Calcinea


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Calcinea

[kal′sin·ē·ə]
(invertebrate zoology)
A subclass of sponges in the class Calcarea in which the larvae are parenchymulae.
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The calcareous sponge Leucosolenia laxa releases free-swimming hollow larvae called coeloblastulae that are the characteristic larvae of the subclass Calcinea. Although the coeloblastula is a major type of sponge larva, our knowledge about its development is scanty.