: a genus (the type of the family Suberitidae of the class Demospongiae) of fleshy, erect or encrusting monaxial sponges that have no microscleres or spongin, that have megascleres shaped like needles with heads, and that include forms which often live on shells occupied by hermit crabs

Word History


New Latin, from Latin suber cork oak, cork + New Latin -ites

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“Suberites.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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