Demospongiae | Poecilosclerida
Environment / Climate / Range
Sessile; brackish; depth range 4 - 25 m (Ref. 108813). Tropical; 25°C - 33°C (Ref. 86836)
Western Central Atlantic.
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm Max length : 5.0 cm OT male/unsexed; (Ref. 415)
Encrusting: 0.2 - 5 cm thick; soft and fragile. Color variable, from reddish orange to gray. Distinctive bright orange specks scattered throughout the surface (Ref. 415).
Maximum thickness: 5 cm (Ref. 415). This is an epibiotic species found on submerged vegetation and hard substrates (Ref. 108813). Very common species, encrusting mangrove roots, also found on pipes or pile (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 - 28.3, mean 27.2 (based on 296 cells).
Low vulnerability (10 of 100)