Demospongiae | Axinellida
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Sessile; depth range 15 - ? m (Ref. 358). Subtropical
Northeast Atlantic and Mediterranean.
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm Max length : 10.0 cm H male/unsexed; (Ref. 358)
Sponge up to 10 cm height; ramifications flattened in ranges; more or less connected ones to the others; (of or the comparison with the foliage of a deer suggested by the name of species). Yellow coloring with orange.
Maximum Heigth: 10 cm. Depth: beyond 15 m and until great depth (Ref. 358). Habitat: Muddy funds and rock faces, like underwater caves; anfractuosities; and contrebas of rock overhangs. Beyond 15 m and until great depth; sometimes more close of surface inside caves; and under the cliff overhangs. Biology: near to that of Axinella polypoides. These specimens are sometimes almost completely covered with encrusting anemones which mask it with the first glance (Ref. 358).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
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.
Göthel, H. 1992. (Ref. 358)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
CITES status (Ref. 108899)
Threat to humans
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Estimates of some properties based on models
Low vulnerability (10 of 100)