Organisms Diversity & Evolution

, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp 21–29 | Cite as

Integrative taxonomy of four Clathrina species of the Adriatic Sea, with the first formal description of Clathrina rubra Sarà, 1958

  • Mirna ImešekEmail author
  • Bruna Pleše
  • Martin Pfannkuchen
  • Jelena Godrijan
  • Daniela Marić Pfannkuchen
  • Michelle Klautau
  • Helena ĆetkovićEmail author
Original Article


The taxonomy of the class Calcarea has long relied on histological and morphological characters, with a few molecular studies done. In character-poor genera, such as Clathrina, an integrative taxonomy, associating morphological and molecular tools, greatly aids in the species identification. In this study, we describe four Clathrina species from the northern Adriatic Sea using morphology and DNA sequences together with observations on their ecology. Clathrina clathrus and Clathrina blanca have been previously reported for the Adriatic Sea; however, it is the first time that a DNA sequence of C. blanca has been obtained. Clathrina cf. hondurensis, a Caribbean species, is being reported in the Adriatic Sea for the first time, and we present the first description and DNA sequence of Clathrina rubra, a red species originally mentioned from Naples.


Porifera Calcareous sponges Clathrina C. rubra C. blanca Northern Adriatic 



This work was supported by the Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sports, grants 098-0982913-2478 (H. Ćetković) and 098-0982705-2724 (R. Batel). M.K. was funded by a fellowship from the Brazilian National Research Council (CNPq) and by a research grant from the Rio de Janeiro State Research Foundation (Fundação Carlos Chagas Filho de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado do Rio de Janeiro - FAPERJ)


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mirna Imešek
    • 1
    Email author
  • Bruna Pleše
    • 1
  • Martin Pfannkuchen
    • 2
  • Jelena Godrijan
    • 2
  • Daniela Marić Pfannkuchen
    • 2
  • Michelle Klautau
    • 3
  • Helena Ćetković
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Division for Molecular BiologyRuđer Bošković InstituteZagrebCroatia
  2. 2.Center for Marine ResearchRuđer Bošković InstituteRovinjCroatia
  3. 3.Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Instituto de Biologia, Departamento de ZoologiaRio de JaneiroBrazil

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