Sycandra utriculus (Schmidt, 1869)

Sycandra utriculus

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: 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

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