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Microxina benedeni (Topsent, 1901)

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Description

Identification is very difficult without expert knowledge. Microxina benedeni is usually white, orange or pink and irregularly shaped, growing up to 18cm high.

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Species distribution

30 to 1,266m, from southern Argentina to Continental Antarctica

Microxina benedeni is a suspension feeder and contains diatoms living within its cells, but their role is unclear. Its predators include the dorid nudibranch Austrodoris kerguelenensis.

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