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Sponges, Phylum Porifera, Part 6

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By Bob Fenner

 

Genus Niphates:

Niphates digitalis, the Pink Vase Sponge. Pink, blue, gray. To twelve inches in height. Bahamas and Cozumel pix. The second one acting as a host/commensal for the zoanthid Parazoanthus parasiticus. 

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Genus Phorbas:

Phorbas amaranthus, Red Sieve Encrusting Sponge. Cozumel pic by Diana.F. Size 6-18 in. Bright red, with surface showing numerous craters (raised circular sieve like areas) and small incurrent pores around protruding excurrent openings. Reacts to touch by closing openings and pores. 

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Phorbas barbadensis. Red sieve encrusting sponge. Cozumel 4/09.

Phorbas sp. Red Phorbas Sponge. Densely covered with pores and excurrent openings. Encrusts dead and live corals. Kona pix. 


Genus Phyllospongia:
Phyllospongia lamellosa (Esper 1799), Fan Sponge. A rubbery like appearance and feel, plate like appearance typifies this photosynthetic species. Found on reef slopes to about 25 m. N. Sulawesi (Mike's Place, Bunaken) photo. 

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