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Orange Encrusting Sea Sponge

Scopalina ruetzleri


Encrusting and distinctively yellow to orange.The sponge is massive, semi-encrusting, occasionally lobata. The surface is rough-textured with conules, about 1-2 mm high and 1-4 mm apart. The oscules are provided with delicate membranous diaphragms, often consisting of 2 or more adjacent openings. The consistency is very soft, delicate, limp, extremely compressible and easily torn.Common in this area and all the Caribbean


Found in a wide variety of habitats, from roots of mangroves to the reef flat in areas with reef rubble and on living reefs, around the edges of living corals. Found from Florida all the Caribbean sea , Central America to Brazil.

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Gerardo Aizpuru
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Gerardo Aizpuru


Spotted on Jun 22, 2012
Submitted on Jun 22, 2012

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