|PORIFERA : POECILOSCLERIDA : Microcionidae||SPONGES|
Description: Forms bright orange/red patches with no excurrent channels visible and very inconspicuous osculae. Surface has hispid appearance and is sometimes lightly silted. Patches very variable in size, from 3-20 cm maximum diameter.
Habitat: Found on the sides of stable boulders in moderate to strong tidal streams at depths of 30-40m.
Distribution: Currently only known from the south and east coasts of Rathlin Island, Northern Ireland.
Similar Species: There are a large number of red encrusting sponges in the NE Atlantic which can only be identified with certainty from an examination of their spicules.
Key Identification Features:
|Picton, B.E. & Morrow, C.C. (2016). Antho granditoxa Picton & Goodwin, 2007. [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland. |
http://www.habitas.org.uk/marinelife/species.asp?item=C8422 Accessed on 2018-08-16
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