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Mycale laevis   (Carter, 1882)

orange icing sponge

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

Demospongiae | Poecilosclerida | Mycalidae

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Reef-associated; brackish; depth range 5 - 20 m (Ref. 108813).  Tropical; 25°C - 33°C (Ref. 86836)

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

Western Central Atlantic: Caribbean wide.

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm Max length : 10.0 cm BRW male/unsexed; (Ref. 415)

Short description Morphology

Thin or thick encrustations. Surface is smooth and porous, covered by a transparent membrane. When substrate is overturned, distinct canals converging on oscules are visible. Round oscules, found along the outer edge of the surface; elevated by a tall transparent collar membrane with fine parallel lines. Orange-yellow externally, lighter internally (Ref. 415); specimens may be white in dark habitats. Canals and oscular membrane whitish to transparent. Fragile. Easily torn, spicule tracts may be slightly tough. Exudate absent (Ref. 85482).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

It is an epibiotic species found on hard substrates (Ref. 108813). In reefs, encrusting the undersides of corals. Occasionally in mangroves where it can grow to record size (Ref. 415). Lines the edges of plate-like or overhanging stony coral colonies (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

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless

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Estimates of some properties based on models

Vulnerability (Ref. 71543)
Low vulnerability (10 of 100)
Price category (Ref. 80766)
Unknown