Desmacella cf. annexa (Schmidt, 1870)

Desmacella cf. annexa

Description: A soft, pale beige, encrusting sponge with conspicuous excurrent channels. Usually irregular in thickness, with a maximum thickness of 10mm.

Habitat: Usually on vertical or overhanging rock faces in moderate to strong water movement. Also found in caves.

Ecology: Commonly found overgrowing other sponges, especially Stryphnus ponderosus.

Distribution: Desmacella annexa was originally described from the Caribbean and is unlikely to be conspecific with specimens from the NE Atlantic. At present the NE Atlantic species appears to be un-named.

Distribution Map: NBN map : National Biodiversity Network mapping facility, data for UK.

iNaturalist: Species account : iNaturalist World Species Observations database

 Picton, B.E. & Morrow, C.C. (2016). Desmacella cf. annexa (Schmidt, 1870). [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland.
https://www.habitas.org.uk/marinelife/species.asp?item=C5880 Accessed on 2024-05-22

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