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Haliclona caerulea   (Hechtel, 1965)

blue Caribbean sponge

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

Demospongiae | Haplosclerida | Chalinidae

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Reef-associated; brackish; depth range 1 - 6 m (Ref. 108813).  Tropical

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

Pacific Ocean and Western Central Atlantic.

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm

Short description Morphology

Thickly encrusting or massive with irregular, solid form. Raised thick-walled volcano-shaped oscules reaching several centimeters in height. Exterior is pale blue-green, while interior is dirty yellow in color. Soft and easily torn, even, slightly smooth surface similar to a fine sandpaper. Megascleres are bent oxeas, 170 to 230 micrometers and microscleres are sharply curved C-shaped sigmas about 25 micrometers.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Author and year from Ref. 3248. Mainly restricted to shallow-water fouling communities, dredged channels and artificial lagoons and also on the roots of the non-indigenous red mangrove, Rhizophora mangle (Ref. 3248). Adults are capable of asexual reproduction via fragmentation, many are sequentially hermaphroditic. Sexual reproduction occurs by capturing sperm released into the water by adjacent individuals and transporting it to the egg deep with in the aquiferous system (Ref. 3248).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Adults are capable of asexual reproduction via fragmentation, many are sequentially hermaphroditic. Sexual reproduction occurs by capturing sperm released into the water by adjacent individuals and transporting it to the egg deep with in the aquiferous system.

Main reference References | Coordinator | Collaborators

DeFelice, R.C., L.G. Eldredge and J.T. Carlton. 2001. (Ref. 3248)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES status (Ref. 108899)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

Human uses


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Mass conversion

Internet sources

BHL | BOLD Systems | CISTI | DiscoverLife | FAO(Publication : search) | GenBank (genome, nucleotide) | GloBI | GOBASE | Google Books | Google Scholar | Google | ispecies | PubMed | Scirus | Tree of Life | uBio | uBio RSS | Wikipedia (Go, Search) | Zoological Record

Estimates of some properties based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 26.6 - 29.2, mean 27.7 (based on 949 cells).
Price category (Ref. 80766)
Unknown