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Smenospongia aurea

Smenospongia aurea

Description:

Photo take at -40 ft on a coral reef. Massive, often forming groups of adjacent oscular mounds or volcanos. It becomes dark and exudes abundant mucus when handled. There are three color morphs of this species: drab to brown skin-yellow oscules-yellow flesh; light greenish skin-yellow green oscules-yellow green flesh; yellow skin and interior. Two different species are readily distinguished in the Caribbean, often co-existing: S. aurea and S. conulosa .

Habitat:

Found on shallow water coral reefs from Florida all the Caribbean sea , Central America to north Brazil.

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Gerardo Aizpuru
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Gerardo Aizpuru

Mexico

Spotted on Sep 2, 2012
Submitted on Sep 2, 2012

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