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 hard.
It is recorded in the Atlantic Ocean, the English Channel, the North Sea and the Mediterrannean Sea.
(source: European Register of Marine Species)
Oscule : Opening generally quite visible, through which sponges expel water they have filtered to extract food particles.
Top photograph :
© Wilfried Bay-Nouailhat. Published with author's kind permission :
Tethya aurantium, Iles Glénan, South-Brittany, West of France. Depth 16 meters.
Bottom photograph : © Wilfried Bay-Nouailhat. Published with author's kind permission :
Tethya aurantium, Buding individual.. Iles Glenan, South-Brittany, West of France. Depth 416meters.
Text : Wilfried Bay-Nouailhat © 2004-2017.
Translation : Anne Bay-Nouailhat © 2007-2017.