PORIFERA : POECILOSCLERIDA : EsperiopsidaeSPONGES

Amphilectus fucorum (Esper, 1794)


Description: This bright orange sponge is extremely polymorphic and fast growing, changing shape in just a few weeks. It may be encrusting as thin sheets or cushions, massive lobose, with or without tassels, or branched.

Habitat: This species is common on the low shore and shallow sublittoral, it is seldom found in the circalittoral zone. It occurs in a wide range of habitats from extremely sheltered to extremely exposed and also under a wide range of current regimes.

Distribution: A common and widespread species in the British Isles.

Similar Species: The encrusting form of this species may be confused with other orange/red encrusting sponges but the soft texture and open surface are quite distinctive.

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=C5960

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