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Niphates digitalis   (Lamarck, 1814)

pink vase sponge

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Classification Common names | Synonyms | CoL | ITIS | WoRMS

Demospongiae | Haplosclerida | Niphatidae

Main reference References | Biblio | Coordinator | Collaborators

Engel, S. and J.R. Pawlik. 2005. (Ref. 837)

Size / Weight / Age

Environment

Reef-associated; brackish; depth range 0 - 18 m (Ref. 108813)

Climate / Range

Tropical

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

Western Central Atlantic.

Short description

Grows in either in vase-, tube- or cup-shape, broadening upward from the base up to 50 cm in height. Fan-shape rare; may be globular or tubular in small specimens. Surface smooth or with conules or soft spines up to 6 mm in height ; coarsely porous. Color varies from pale purplish pink to light bluish to grayish green or gray. Compressible. Small round oscules present inside the vase or cup. A fringe of soft spines usually connected by a transparent membrane is present at the apical opening (Ref. 85482).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

On coral reefs and hard bottoms (Ref. 85482), and in mangroves (Ref. 86836). Commensal with amphipods (Ref. 86735). In Belize, it was found in a submarine cave near Columbus Cay at a depth of 10 m (Ref. 87209). 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)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

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