Demospongiae | Poecilosclerida
Environment / Climate / Range
Sessile; brackish. Tropical
Western Central Atlantic: Colombia, Panama and Belize.
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm Max length : 30.0 cm OT male/unsexed; (Ref. 415)
Massive amorphous: 10 - 30 cm thick. Yellow to orange externally, and internally. Surface smooth to slightly rugose. Large oscules with membranes: 0.5 - 3 cm in diameter, and smaller ones 0.1 - 0.3 cm. Compressible, easy to break, apart (Ref. 415).
Maximum thickness: 30 cm (Ref. 415). Inhabits canals of sponges (Ref. 83410) and attaches to rock and rubble among Thalassia sea grass in mangroves and protected lagoons (Ref. 82087). Also found on reefs (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).
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.
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)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)
CITES status (Ref. 108899)
Threat to humans
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Estimates of some properties based on models
): 24.9 - 28.4, mean 27.2 (based on 133 cells).
Low vulnerability (20 of 100)