Amphimedon queenslandica is a marine demosponge from the Great Barrier Reef. It was first discovered in 1998 and was formally described in 2006. It is a hermaphroditic species whose eggs are fertilised internally by sperm spawned into the ocean. Amphimedon queenslandica has a larval and a benthic stage. This sponge was the first member of phylum Porifera to have its genome sequenced. Analysis of this genome has contributed to our understanding of the evolution of animal complexity.
- Courtesy of Dr. Bernard Degnan, University of Queensland, School of Biological Sciences
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