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A sponge (Adreus fascicularis)

Distribution data supplied by the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS). To interrogate UK data visit the NBN Atlas.

Summary

Description

An erect, slender sponge, up to about 12 cm high that branches dichotomously from the base. Amber yellow in colour. The narrow stems are cylindrical and smooth.

Recorded distribution in Britain and Ireland

Rare around the southwest coast of England, reported from Lyme Bay, Dorset, Plymouth, Devon and around the coast of Lundy.

Global distribution

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Habitat

Found sublittorally, at a depth of 10 - 30 m, on sand-covered rock.

Depth range

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Identifying features

  • An arborescent sponge growing up to about 12 cm in height.
  • The slender, cylindrical branches are smooth.
  • Amber-yellow in colour.

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Bibliography

  1. Bowerbank, J.S., 1865. A monograph of the British Spongiadae, vol. II. London: Ray Society.

  2. Bowerbank, J.S., 1874. A monograph of the British Spongiadae, vol. lll. London: Hardwicke.

  3. Hiscock, K., Stone, S.M.K. & George, J.D., 1983. The marine fauna of Lundy. Porifera (sponges): a preliminary study. Report of the Lundy Field Society, 134, 16-35.

  4. Howson, C.M. & Picton, B.E., 1997. The species directory of the marine fauna and flora of the British Isles and surrounding seas. Belfast: Ulster Museum. [Ulster Museum publication, no. 276.]

  5. JNCC (Joint Nature Conservation Committee), 1999. Marine Environment Resource Mapping And Information Database (MERMAID): Marine Nature Conservation Review Survey Database. [on-line] http://www.jncc.gov.uk/mermaid

  6. National Biodiversity Network (NBN) Atlas website. Available from: http://www.nbnatlas.org.  Accessed 01 April 2017

Citation

This review can be cited as:

Avant, P. 2002. Adreus fascicularis A sponge. In Tyler-Walters H. and Hiscock K. (eds) Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Reviews, [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. Available from: http://www.marlin.ac.uk/species/detail/1728

Last Updated: 21/06/2002