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Monanchora arbuscula

Monanchora arbuscula

Description:

Photo take at -40 ft on a coral reef bright red color this encrusting sponge is possible to see it from far. Bright scarlet encrustations to thick or thin bushes. Encrusting specimens with oscules scattered, marked by a white collar and a star pattern of exhalant canals, although these sometimes are not discernible. Erect specimens with many surface knobs or lamellae and oscules on top of tube-like elevations; a lightly colored vein pattern can or cannot be evident. It stains the fingers when handled. Often specimens lack one or more categories of microsclere spicules, making identification problematic.

Habitat:

Found on shallow water on coral reef from Florida , All the Caribbean sea , to North Brazil.

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Gerardo Aizpuru
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Gerardo Aizpuru

Mexico

Spotted on Sep 15, 2012
Submitted on Sep 15, 2012

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