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Tethya aurantium (Pallas, 1766)

Orange golfball sponge

Tethya aurantium

Sausset-les-Pins, France, 8 meters, 2016, WBN

Description

Tethya aurantium is a ball-shaped sponge from 2 to 10 cm in diameter. It is yellow or pale orange. It is attached to rocks by means of its base and some extensions resembling roots. It has a single large oscule, generally at the top. Its surface is granulous with sometimes small round and spiny outgrowths. Its consistency is firm.

Distribution

Tethya aurantium is recorded in the Atlantic Ocean, the English Channel, the North Sea and the Mediterrannean Sea.

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

Données de distribution : Tethya aurantium (Pallas, 1766) 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)
Tethyida (Order)
Tethyidae (Family)
Tethya (Genus)
Tethya aurantium (Species)

Authors

Text : Wilfried Bay-Nouailhat © 2011 - 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 : Tethya aurantium (Pallas, 1766) 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 2011, Description of Tethya aurantium, [On line] http://european-marine-life.org/02/tethya-aurantium.php, consulted on 2020 September 29.

Author

Photographie de Wilfried Bay-Nouailhat

Wilfried Bay-Nouailhat

Diver - Naturalist
Underwater Photographer

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