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Amphilectus fucorum (Esper, 1794)

Shredded carrot sponge

Amphilectus fucorum

Le Trieux, France, 24 meters, 2018, WBN

Amphilectus fucorum

Concarneau Bay, France, 10 meters, 2004, WBN

Description

Amphilectus fucorum is an encrusting sponge covering surfaces of several square centimeters. In areas protected from water stream, long typical filaments of 10 cm long and 3 mm in diameter develop from the basal crust. It is elastic to the touch. The rough orange surface is covered with small pores and the oscules are disseminated all over the sponge. It is attached to rocks, generally to overhangs.

Distribution

Amphilectus fucorum is found from surface to several meters deep. It is a common species of the North-eastern Atlantic Ocean, the North Sea and the English Channel.

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Données de distribution : Amphilectus fucorum (Esper, 1794) in GBIF Secretariat (2019). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset https://doi.org/10.15468/39omei accessed via GBIF.org on 2020-09-29.

Classification

Source : World Register of Marine Species


Biota (Superdomain)
Animalia (Kingdom)
Porifera (Phylum)
Demospongiae (Class)
Heteroscleromorpha (Subclass)
Poecilosclerida (Order)
Esperiopsidae (Family)
Amphilectus (Genus)
Amphilectus fucorum (Species)

Page glossary

Oscule : opening generally quite visible, through which sponges expel water they have filtered to extract food particles

Authors

Text : Wilfried Bay-Nouailhat © 2004 - 2020.

Photos : © Wilfried Bay-Nouailhat. Published with his kind permission.
Websites and reference works : Consult bibliography

Image satellite: © Esri, DigitalGlobe, GeoEye, Earthstar Geographics, CNES/Airbus DS, USDA, USGS, AeroGRID, IGN, and the GIS User Community.

Données de distribution : Amphilectus fucorum (Esper, 1794) in GBIF Secretariat (2019). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset https://doi.org/10.15468/39omei accessed via GBIF.org on 2020-09-29.

How to cite this page

Bay-Nouailhat W., october 2004, Description of Amphilectus fucorum, [On line] http://european-marine-life.org/02/amphilectus-fucorum.php, consulted on 2020 September 29.

Author

Photographie de Wilfried Bay-Nouailhat

Wilfried Bay-Nouailhat

Diver - Naturalist
Underwater Photographer

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