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Clathrina clathrus

Clathrina clathrus

Yellow network sponge

   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.
It 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.

Close species :

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

Classification

 (source: European Register of Marine Species)

  • Porifera [Phylum]
  • Calcarea [Class]
  • Clathrinida [Order]
  • Clathrinidae [Family]
  • Clathrina clathrus (Schmidt, 1864)

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.

Clathrina clathrus. Clathrina clathrus
Along with other sponges.

Clathrina clathrus. Clathrina clathrus
In its habitat.

 

Authors


Top photograph :
© Wilfried Bay-Nouailhat. Published with author's kind permission : 
Clathrina clathrus, Illes Medes, Costa Brava, East of Spain. Depth 15 meters.
Bottom photographs : © Wilfried Bay-Nouailhat. Published with author's kind permission : 
Clathrina clathrus, Along with other sponges.. Illes Medes, Costa Brava, East of Spain. Depth 18 meters.
© Wilfried Bay-Nouailhat. Published with author's kind permission : 
Clathrina clathrus, In its habitat.. Illes Medes, Costa Brava, East of Spain. Depth 22 meters.
Text :  Wilfried Bay-Nouailhat © 2006-2017.
Translation :  Anne Bay-Nouailhat © 2007-2017.

How to cite this page in publications


Bay-Nouailhat W., April 2006, Description of Clathrina clathrus, Available on line at http://www.european-marine-life.org/02/clathrina-clathrus.php, consulted on 24 April 2017.
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