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Branching vase sponge

Callyspongia (Cladochalina) vaginalis

(Lamarck, 1814)

Branching vase sponge

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Summary

Cluster of elongated cylindrical tubes, sometimes wider at the top with smooth conules. The outside of the tubes is sparsely covered with small spiny projections.

Characteristics

Size: Tubes up to 25 cm high and 5 cm in diameter.
Colour: Usually grey but variable: from lavender to brownish-gray to greenish-gray and occasionally light tan. In Florida also red and yellow.
Shape: Cluster of elongated tubes with spiky walls.
Consistency: Spongy.


Habitat environment and ecology

Inhabit shallow and mid-range reefs, walls and rocky areas. The species is frequently infested with Sponge zoanthids Parazoanthus parasiticus and Sponge brittle stars Ophiothrix suensonii.

Distribution range

BES-eilanden: Bonaire, Saba.

Author

[Floris Bennema, feb 2016]

Literature

- Humann, P., & DeLoach, N. (2002). Reef Creature Identification: Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas (p. 420). Jacksonville (FL): New World Publications.
- Interactive Guide to Caribbean Diving M. De Kluijver, G. Gijswijt, R. de Leon & I. da Cunda.
- The Sponge Guide. S. Zea, Henkel, T.P., and Pawlik, J.R. 2014.

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Soorten, Sponzen

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