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Spheciospongia vesparium   (Lamarck, 1815)

loggerhead sponge

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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | CoL | ITIS | WoRMS

Demospongiae | Hadromerida | Clionaidae

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

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

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

Western Central Atlantic: USA and Caribbean wide.

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm

Short description Morphology

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).

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.

Main reference References | 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)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES status (Ref. 108899)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

Human uses


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