PORIFERA : HALICHONDRIDA : HalichondriidaeSPONGES

Spongosorites calcicola Picton & Goodwin, 2007


Spongosorites calcicola

Description: This bright yellow sponge has recently been named. It is massive, with a habit of bridging crevices and may burrow into the rock. The surface is smooth and slightly glossy and there are conspicuous circular oscules with slighly raised rims.

Habitat: Found on limestone rocks at Rathlin Island and several sites on the west coast of Ireland at depths of 20-40m. Usually out of the light, beneath overhangs or in caves.

Distribution: Currently known from several sites on the West and North coasts of Ireland.

Similar Species: Cliona celata is similar in colour but always has well-defined inhalent pore sieves.

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=C5075

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