|PORIFERA : LEUCOSOLENIIDA : Grantiidae||SPONGES|
Description: This is a bag-like sponge with fairly thin walls, looking like a large Grantia compressa. It is yellow-white in colour and each hollow body has a terminal osculum. Occurs in clusters.
Habitat: Diving records are mostly from specimens found on wrecks in shallow water.
Distribution: Reported recently only from Orkney. Older records from Shetland and the Faeroes.
Similar Species: Grantia compressa is similar in overall appearance but smaller and typical of the shore and very shallow 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: JNCC MNCR Seasearch data - Grid map : Interactive map : 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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