PORIFERA : LEUCOSOLENIIDA : SycettidaeSPONGES

Sycon ciliatum (Fabricius, 1780)


Description: This sponge may be off-white, grey or brown in colour and consists of a single tubular structure with a hairy appearance. The tube is attached to the substratum at one end and open at the other. A crown of spicules surround the open end. There may be more than one species involved here.

Habitat: Mainly found on the shore, beneath overhangs or attached to seaweeds near low water. It is also common in the shallow sublittoral under a wide regime of physical conditions. Small individuals are also present in deeper water.

Distribution: Common on all coasts of the British Isles.

Similar Species: May be confused with Grantia compressa however this species is flattened not tubular, has a smooth surface and lacks the crown of spicules.

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=C350

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