PORIFERA : HADROMERIDA : SuberitidaeSPONGES

Suberites ficus (Linnaeus, 1767)


Suberites ficus

Description: This sponge usually consists of smoothly rounded lobes with large irregular oscules. It is typically orange or red in colour, brighter red in well-lit shallow water and paler in darker or siltier sites. Forms encrusting scallop shells may belong to distinct species, they tend to form smooth crusts with evenly spaced small oscules.

Habitat: Attached to rock in exposed sites and loose-lying amongst algae in sheltered sites.

Distribution: Common and widespread around the British Isles.

Key Identification Features:

Distribution Map from BioMar data for Ireland - Google Earth map:  download this placemark (not got Google Earth installed?)

Distribution Map from NBN: Grid map (fast) : Interactive map (slow, requires login to view records) : National Biodiversity Network mapping facility, data for UK.



 Picton, B.E. & Morrow, C.C., 2010. [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland
http://www.habitas.org.uk/marinelife/species.asp?item=C2210

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