|PORIFERA : POECILOSCLERIDA : Coelosphaeridae||SPONGES|
Description: Thinly encrusting sheet or cushion, 3-5 cm in diameter, 1-3 mm in thickness. Surface partly translucent, with broad excurrent channels. Surface is covered with pore-sieves (cribri) with raised rims, these close on disturbance. Oscules are fairly large, with raised rims.
Habitat: Open coasts, on bedrock and boulders in strong tidal streams or Atlantic swell.
Distribution: West coast of Ireland, outer English Channel, Northern Ireland.
Similar Species: Reminiscent of a small patch of Hemimycale columella but yellow in colour.
Key Identification Features:
Distribution Map from BioMar data for Ireland - Google Earth map: download this placemark (not got Google Earth installed?)
|Picton, B.E. & Morrow, C.C., 2010. [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland |
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