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Clathrina clathrus (Schmidt, 1864)

Yellow lace sponge

Clathrina clathrus

Illes Medes, Spain, 15 meters, 2004, WBN

Clathrina clathrus

Illes Medes, Spain, 18 meters, 2011, WBN

Clathrina clathrus

Illes Medes, Spain, 22 meters, 2008, WBN

Description

Clathrina clathrus is a calcareous sponge of 10 cm in diameter forming a tangle of tubes which are between 0,5 and 3 mm in diameter and interconnected in a very dense network. The oscules, quite visible, are located at the intersections of the largest tubes. It is translucent and bright yellow. Yellow network sponge lives attached to rocky overhangs, crevices and on cave walls in calm water areas.

Similar to

Clathrina coriacea is a rather similar calcareous sponge but it is white.

Distribution

Clathrina clathrus is found from 1 to 20 m deep, in the Mediterranean Sea and in the North-Western Atlantic Ocean from Canary Islands to the British Isles, but its distribution is probably not so septentrional.

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Données de distribution : Clathrina clathrus (Schmidt, 1864) in GBIF Secretariat (2019). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset https://doi.org/10.15468/39omei accessed via GBIF.org on 2020-09-25.

Classification

Source : World Register of Marine Species


Biota (Superdomain)
Animalia (Kingdom)
Porifera (Phylum)
Calcarea (Class)
Calcinea (Subclass)
Clathrinida (Order)
Clathrinidae (Family)
Clathrina (Genus)
Clathrina clathrus (Species)

Page glossary

Calcareous sponge : sponge with limestone carbonate spicules.

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

Authors

Text : Wilfried Bay-Nouailhat, Anne Bay-Nouailhat © 2006 - 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 : Clathrina clathrus (Schmidt, 1864) in GBIF Secretariat (2019). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset https://doi.org/10.15468/39omei accessed via GBIF.org on 2020-09-25.

How to cite this page

Bay-Nouailhat W., Bay-Nouailhat A., April 2006, Description of Clathrina clathrus, [On line] http://european-marine-life.org/02/clathrina-clathrus.php, consulted on 2020 September 25.

Authors

Photographie de Wilfried Bay-Nouailhat

Wilfried Bay-Nouailhat

Diver - Naturalist
Underwater Photographer

Photographie de Anne Bay-Nouailhat

Anne Bay-Nouailhat

Project manager in marine environment
Professional diver - Naturalist

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