megasclere
n. [Gr. megas, large; skleros, hard]
(PORIFERA)
A large structural spicule; see microsclere.

Online Dictionary of Invertebrate Zoology. . 2005.

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  • anatriaene — n. [Gr. ana, up; triaina, trident] (PORIFERA) A tetractinal megasclere with three short recurved rays and a single long shaft …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • dichotriaene — n. [Gr. dicha, in two; triaina, trident] (PORIFERA) A tetractinal megasclere with forked clads …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • dicranoclone — n. [Gr. dikranon, pitchfork; klon, twig] (PORIFERA) A megasclere spicule having a desma with swollen terminal couplings …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • echinating spicule — (PORIFERA) A megasclere that protrudes from a fiber or spicule tract …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • ennomoclones — n. pl. [Gr. ennea, nine; klon, twig] (PORIFERA) Megasclere spicules of the dicranoclone or sphaeroclone type …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • macrosclere — see megasclere …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • mesotriaene — n. [Gr. mesos, middle; triaina, trident] (PORIFERA) A megasclere triaene with a rhabd projecting on both sides of a cladome …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

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