PORT PHILLIP BAY


Sponge 

Unplaced species sp. MoV 6686

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Scientific Details

Brief species characters:
Growth form: encrusting, lamellate.
Mineral skeleton: calcareous.
Megescleres: triaxone.
Surface texture: porous, oscules prominent.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Porifera
Class:
Calcarea
Order:
Clathrinida

General Description

A pale apricot sponge species with encrusting to lamellate form. Size of about 20 cm.

Habitat

Reef areas including inside caves, at depths of 3-30 m.

Sponge gardens

Reefs

Distribution guide

Port Phillip in Victoria.

Species Group

Sponges Calcareous sponges

Depth

Shallow (1-30 m)

Water Column

On or near sea floor

Max Size

20 cm

Diet

Plankton or particles

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Recorded in Australia

Species Code

sp. MoV 6686

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Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Not listed
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Not listed

Author

article author Goudie, L.

Lisa Goudie is a consultant with expertise in sponge taxonomy.

citation

Cite this page as:
Goudie, L., 2011, Sponge, , in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 18 Oct 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/7660

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