Demospongiae | Haplosclerida
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)
Size / Weight / Age
Max length : 6.0 cm H male/unsexed; (Ref. 415)
Reef-associated; brackish; depth range 3 - 5 m (Ref. 415)
Climate / Range
Western Central Atlantic: Caribbean.
Yellow tube bearing oscula: 1 - 6 cm high; 0.9 - 3 cm wide, coming out of dead coral, with or without tissue covered by inhalant papilla. Excavating sponges, bright yellow sometimes with reddish tinges externally, and lighter yellow internally. Surface micro hispid, and sinuous. High quantities of mucus released when broken (Ref. 415).
Depth based on the Caribbean from Ref. 415. Restricted to the lower buttress zone, fore reef, and fore reef slope of fringing barrier-type reefs at depths between 1.5 to 70 m (Ref. 892). Also found in mangroves (Ref. 86836). 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)
Threat to humans
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Estimation of some characteristics with mathematical models
Low vulnerability (10 of 100)