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Green finger sponge

Iotrochota birotulata

(Higgin, 1877)

Green finger sponge

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Summary

Black and green sponge with sprawling or upright, thick, ramose branches with a conulose surface. Small encrusting specimens often wholly or partly smooth.

To be confused with

- Brown tube sponge Agelas conifera

Characteristics

Size: Length of the branches up to 50 cm, diameter 1-5 cm. 
Colour: Black, mottled with longitudinal light green patches. Occasionally entirely greenish-yellow.
Shape:
Usually has upright or sprawling cylindrical branches that occasionally divide. 
Consistency: Compressible but tough.

Habitat environment and ecology

Inhabits coral reefs. Known from reefs, undersides of stones in shallow bays and from deeper water beyond the reefs. Frequently covered with winding chains of Golden zoanthids (Parazoanthus swiftii ).

Distribution range

 BES-eilanden: Bonaire, St. Eustatius.

Author

[Marion Haarsma, march 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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