Research Article

The Largest Bio-Silica Structure on Earth: The Giant Basal Spicule from the Deep-Sea Glass Sponge Monorhaphis chuni

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Discovery of Monorhaphis chuni. The hexactinellid M. chuni has first been described by Schulze [17]. (a) Original GBS which was used by Schulze for his description. (b) Glass slides prepared by Schulze for the description of the spicules. (c) Alegoric view how the scientists at that time advertised the deep sea collection of animals in general and of M. chuni (circled in blue) in particular to the public [18].