Demospongiae | Haplosclerida
Environment / Climate / Range
Sessile; brackish; depth range 0 - 3 m (Ref. 108813). Tropical
Western Central Atlantic: Caribbean.
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm Max length : 10.0 cm BRL male/unsexed; (Ref. 415); common length : 1.2 cm BRW male/unsexed; (Ref. 415)
Thin erect branches: 0.2 - 1.2 cm wide, 5 - 10 cm long. Oscula inconspicuous, 0.1 cm wide along branches. Smooth surface. Compressible but fragile in consistency. Whitish gray to purplish externally, tan internally (Ref. 415).
It is an epibiotic species found on submerged vegetation (Ref. 108813). Rare on mangrove roots and peat (Ref. 415). Members of the class Demospongiae are hermaphroditic. Life cycle: The zygote develops into parenchymella larva (free-swimming) before settling down on a substrate where it grows into a young sponge (Ref. 833).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Members of the class Demospongiae are hermaphroditic. Life cycle: The zygote develops into parenchymella larva (free-swimming) before settling down on a substrate where it grows into a young sponge.
Collin, R., M.C. DÃaz, J. Norenburg, R.M. Rocha, J.A. SÃ¡nchez, M. Schulze, A. Schwartz and A. ValdÃ©s. 2005. (Ref. 415)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)
CITES status (Ref. 108899)
Threat to humans
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Estimates of some properties based on models
Low vulnerability (10 of 100)