Demospongiae | Poecilosclerida
Kirk, H.B. 1911. (Ref. 88951)
Size / Weight / Age
Climate / Range
Southwest Pacific: Kermadec Islands.
Erect. Thick, round or oval branches begin close to basal disc, turns flat and expanded as it goes up; digitate processes as ultimate branchings. Surface unbroken by conuli. When dry, color is reddish-brown and oscula are absent. Tough skeleton, abundant spongin. Primary fibres: uneven; generally radiating; cored abundantly with smooth slender styli and tylostyli, with few slender oxea. Secondary fibres: ovally or polygonally meshed with primary fibres, usually in rectangles in younger parts; not cored (Ref. 88951).
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)
Threat to humans
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