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Spheciospongia vesparium   (Lamarck, 1815)

loggerhead sponge

Native range | All suitable habitat | Point map | Year 2100
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Spheciospongia vesparium   AquaMaps   Data sources: GBIF OBIS
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Classification Common names | Synonyms | CoL | ITIS | WoRMS

Demospongiae | Hadromerida | Clionaidae

Main reference References | Biblio | Coordinator | Collaborators

Collin, R., M.C. Díaz, J. Norenburg, R.M. Rocha, J.A. Sánchez, M. Schulze, A. Schwartz and A. Valdés. 2005. (Ref. 415)

Size / Weight / Age

Environment

Reef-associated; depth range 5 - 15 m (Ref. 108813)

Climate / Range

Tropical

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

Western Central Atlantic: USA and Caribbean wide.

Short description

Massive amorphous to cake shaped. Surface with round low elevations. Large oscules: 0.8 - 1.5 cm wide and small oscules; 0.1 - 0.2cm wide aggregated. Compressible but dense in consistency (Ref. 415). May be roughly globular. Surface is smooth and non-porous, with clusters of pore sieves. External and internal color: black, charcoal or dark gray. External often covered with pale sediment and algal turf (Ref. 85482).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Common on hard, inshore, shallow bottoms and on seagrass beds; less common on shallow reefs. Internal canal system supports an abundance and diverse invertebrate fauna. Known from depths between 0.5 to about 18 m (Ref. 85482). 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

Human uses


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