|PORIFERA : HADROMERIDA : Suberitidae||SPONGES|
Description: This sponge forms very thin vivid dark blue encrustations. Oscules are not usually apparent, they are small and mostly scattered around the edges of the sponge.
Habitat: Frequently found beneath boulders in rapids and areas of strong water movement, both on shore and in shallow water.
Distribution: Fairly common on the south coast of England and in south Wales, scarce elsewhere but found on western and Irish Sea coasts as far north as Scotland.
Similar Species: The only other blue sponge likely to be encountered in the British Isles is Hymedesmia paupertas. This is sublittoral and has conspicuous pore-sieves.
Key Identification Features:
Distribution Map from NBN: Interactive map : National Biodiversity Network mapping facility, data for UK.
WoRMS: Species record : World Register of Marine Species.
|Picton, B.E. & Morrow, C.C. (2016). Terpios gelatinosa Bowerbank, 1866. [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland. |
http://www.habitas.org.uk/marinelife/species.asp?item=C2450 Accessed on 2019-08-17
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