|General Information||Taxonomy and identification||General biology||Habitat preferences and distribution||Reproduction and longevity||Sensitivity||Importance|
Image Keith Hiscock - Axinella dissimilis at Stoke Point, Plymouth.
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Axinella dissimilis is not listed under any importance categories.
|Researched by:||Angus Jackson||Refereed by:||This information is not refereed.|
|Recorded distribution in Britain and Ireland||Present at a few sites around Mull, the south west of England and the western extremities of Wales. In Ireland there are records from the south east, the south west, and along the Atlantic coast round to the north east.|
|Habitat information||Axinella dissimilis is typically found in exposed open coasts, on upward facing bedrock or other hard surfaces in the circalittoral zone.|
|Description||The yellow staghorn sponge resembles the horns of a stag. It has finger-like branches in a rough fan-shape, usually in one plane. It is usually about 15 cm high and yellow or orange in colour. The branches are almost oval, rather irregular in diameter along their length, and around 1.5 cm long. There is a short stem at the base which is thicker than the branches. The surface of the sponge has a velvety texture and is moderately firm but elastic.|
This review can be cited as follows:
Angus Jackson 2008. Axinella dissimilis. Yellow staghorn sponge. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 21/05/2013]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/speciesfullreview.php?speciesID=2695>