Demospongiae | Poecilosclerida
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Sessile; brackish; depth range 1 - 3 m (Ref. 108813). Tropical; 25°C - 33°C (Ref. 86836)
Western Central Atlantic: Caribbean.
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Encrusting: 0.3 - 0.6 cm to branching ramose sponge. Light soft yellow to orange externally and internally. Very soft to the touch, porous surface. Oscules dispersed, with slightly elevated transparent membranes, 0.1 - 0.4 wide. Compressible easy to break (Ref. 415).
Exclusively found on mangrove roots (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).
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.
Collin, R., M.C. Díaz, J. Norenburg, R.M. Rocha, J.A. Sánchez, M. Schulze, A. Schwartz and A. Valdés. 2005. (Ref. 415)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES status (Ref. 108899)
Threat to humans
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Estimates of some properties based on models
): 26.4 - 28.4, mean 27.3 (based on 220 cells).