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Lumpy overgrowing sponge

Desmapsamma anchorata

(Carter, 1882)

Lumpy overgrowing sponge

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Summary

A small sponge, usually less than 30 cm across, pink to lavender in colour. The surface is smooth and at places the darker reddish inside may shine through it, Its chains of small tubes may run across the surface of rocks, or may use gorgonians or fire coral skeletons for support to develop apparently ramose structures.

Characteristics

Size: Medium, Less than 30 cm. acros.
Colour: Light pink to lavender. 
Form: Chains of tubes on rocks. Branched when growing on gorgonians or coral sceletons.
Consistency: Compressible, rather soft; slimy.


Habitat environment and ecology

Common in bays and lagoons on mangrove roots and stones. On reefs especially on coral rubble and in the deeper parts.

Distribution range

BES-eilanden: Bonaire.

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.

Categorieën:

Soorten, Sponzen

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