Haliclona mucifibrosa de Weerdt, Rützler & Smith, 1991
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Family:  Chalinidae ()
Max. size:  15 cm WD (male/unsexed)
Environment:  sessile; brackish; marine; depth range 0 - 12 m
Distribution:  Western Central Atlantic: Caribbean.
Diagnosis:  Massive to lobate sponge, typically 10 - 15 cm in diameter, from which thick-walled oscular chimneys arise; 3 - 5 cm high. Oscules: 0.5 - 2 cm in diameter. Surface smooth. Consistency elastic compressible but easily torn; pronounced mucus strands appear when fragments are torn apart (Ref. 415).
Biology:  In Bocas del Torro, Panama: found only on the top of the peat bank (Ref. 415). Also found in mangroves (Ref. 86836). 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. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Dar, Christine - 03.03.06
Modified by: Sorongon-Yap, Patricia - 11.07.16

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