Aplysina lacunosa (Lamarck, 1815)
convoluted barrel sponge
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Family:  Aplysinidae ()
Max. size:  100 cm H (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; brackish; marine; depth range 5 - 50 m
Distribution:  Western Atlantic.
Diagnosis:  Hollow cylinders: up to 100 cm high. Surface with deep grooves: 0.5 - 1 cm deep; and finely conulose; 0.05 - cm high and 50 - 100 cm apart. Yellow, green, ochre, or reddish-brown, externally, tan-yellowish internally. Oscules with membrane on top pf the tube; 2 - 8 cm diameter. Compressible but tough (Ref. 415).
Biology:  Maximum depth from Ref. 108813. Deeper parts of reefs; greater than 5 m deep (Ref. 415). Members of the class Demospongiae are hermaphroditic. Life cycle: The zygote develops into parenchymella larva (free-swimming) before settling down on a substrate where it grows into a young sponge (Ref. 833).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (123251)
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Entered by: Dar, Christine - 11.12.05
Modified by: Sorongon-Yap, Patricia - 25.11.16

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