PORIFERA : HOMOSCLEROPHORIDA : PlakinidaeSPONGES

Plakina monolopha Schulze, 1880


Plakina monolopha

Description: This sponge forms a thin crust with well-defined loosely adhering, rounded edges to the patch. It is cream in colour with a characteristic mottled appearance caused by thin transparent patches and a wrinkled surface. Oscules are scattered across the surface and have transparent raised rims.

Habitat: Vertical or overhanging rockfaces in the shallow sublittoral, occasionally beneath boulders on shore in tidal rapids.

Distribution: Western coasts of the British Isles, often in sea loughs in moderate tidal streams.

Key Identification Features:

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 Picton, B.E. & Morrow, C.C. (2016). Plakina monolopha Schulze, 1880. [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland.
http://www.habitas.org.uk/marinelife/species.asp?item=C1020 Accessed on 2016-12-07

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