Demospongiae | Poecilosclerida
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
Sessile; brackish; depth range 1 - 3 m (Ref. 108813)
Climate / Range
Tropical; 25°C - 33°C (Ref. 86836)
Western Central Atlantic: Caribbean.
Encrusting: 0.3 - 0.6 cm to branching ramose sponge. Light soft yellow to orange externally and internally. Very soft to the touch, porous surface. Oscules dispersed, with slightly elevated transparent membranes, 0.1 - 0.4 wide. Compressible easy to break (Ref. 415).
Exclusively found on mangrove roots (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).
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 114614)
CITES status (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
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