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Hippospongia communis   (Lamarck, 1813)

honey comb

Native range | All suitable habitat | Point map | Year 2100
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Hippospongia communis   AquaMaps   Data sources: GBIF OBIS
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Classification
Demospongiae | Dictyoceratida | Spongiidae
Common names | Synonyms | CoL | ITIS | WoRMS

Main reference
Vacelet, J. 1987. (Ref. 363)
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Size / Weight / Age
Max length : 30.0 cm WD male/unsexed; (Ref. 363)

Environment
Sessile; depth range 5 - 80 m (Ref. 363)

Climate / Range
Subtropical

Distribution
Mediterranean.
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Short description
Massive sponge; on surface equipped with conules very irregularly dispersed. A thin and generally smooth ectosome covers the surface gaps. Sponge: traversed great gaps méandriformes. Rare primary fibers: 0.0060 to 0.01 cm diameter; formed by the anastomoses of several fibers at their end in the conules; and containing foreign bodies. Secondary fibers: 0.0025 to 0.003 cm diameter. Coloring: darkish gray with yellowish on the surface, often brown white orange inside (Ref. 363).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Importance: It is the principal species currently exploited. The essence of the production comes from Tunisia. It is used for the domestic uses, the toilet and certain industries (Ref. 363). Common between 5 and 30 m of depth, would go down up to 80 m to Libya (Ref. 363). 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).

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 114614)

   

CITES status (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses
Fisheries: highly commercial
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Mass conversion

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Estimation of some characteristics with mathematical models

Vulnerability (Ref. 71543)
Low vulnerability (20 of 100)
Price category (Ref. 80766)
Unknown