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Desmacella cf. annexa (Schmidt, 1870)


Desmacella cf. annexa

Description: A soft, pale beige, encrusting sponge with conspicuous excurrent channels. Usually irregular in thickness, with a maximum thickness of 10mm.

Habitat: Usually on vertical or overhanging rock faces in moderate to strong water movement. Also found in caves.

Ecology: Commonly found overgrowing other sponges, especially Stryphnus ponderosus.

Distribution: Desmacella annexa was originally described from the Caribbean and is unlikely to be conspecific with specimens from the NE Atlantic. At present the NE Atlantic species appears to be un-named.

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=C5880

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