Demospongiae | Poecilosclerida
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Sessile; depth range 18 - 640 m (Ref. 89939). Polar
Sub-Antarctica and Antarctica.
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Vivid red. Thickly branching, up to 30 cm in height (Ref. 89939).
Found in patchy assemblages. Suspension feeder; preyed on by starfishes. Derivatives have antitumor and antiviral properties, thus are being tested as potential anti-cancer drugs (Ref. 89939).
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.
Danis, B. 2050. (Ref. 89939)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
CITES status (Ref. 108899)
Threat to humans
| FishSource |
Estimates of some properties based on models
): -1.8 - 0.9, mean -0.9 (based on 434 cells).