|PORIFERA : HADROMERIDA : Raspailiidae||SPONGES|
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 |
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