PORIFERA : HADROMERIDA : RaspailiidaeSPONGES

Raspailia hispida (Montagu, 1818)


Description: Branching-erect yellow sponge in which the branches rarely fuse. The surface is covered by even bristles which often trap a layer of silt. Individuals may grow to a height of 15cm.

Habitat: Often found in moderately exposed sites or sheltered sites with some current, often with Raspailia ramosa, Stelligera stuposa and other Axinellid sponges.

Distribution: Widespread on western coasts of the British Isles and also in the Irish Sea.

Similar Species: Can be difficult to distinguish from Stelligera stuposa by sight alone however S. stuposa produces quantities of slime when taken out of water.

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=C4250

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