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Azure Vase Sponge

Callyspongia plicifera

Description:

Photo take at -40 ft on a coral reef , this is one of the most beautiful sea sponges in the Caribbean sea . Vase-shaped or tubaeform with the outer surface characteristically provided with an elaborate system of meandering grooves and/or rounded pits. Terminal vent somewhat constricted, with a transparent, thin collar. Vases mostly solitary, but occasionally there are small side-tubes. Inner walls smooth, somewhat ridged lengthwise, with scattered oscules, 1-5 mm in diameter. Longitudinal fibrofascicles stand out clearly on the inner wall and collar (C. plicifera-young sponge). Vases up to 27 cm in height, 13.5 cm in diameter; vents up to 6.5 cm in diameter. Pits and grooves 0.5-1 cm in depth, 0.5-1.5 cm in diameter. Very spongy in consistency. Pink to purple and fluoresces light blue.

Habitat:

Inhabit coral reefs, most commonly grow on walls.Found from Florida all the Caribbean sea to the north Brazil.

Notes:

http://coralpedia.bio.warwick.ac.uk/en/s...

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3 Comments

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Thanks Lauren if he like diving he can help me in the shop and dive as well :)
Thanks Reza.

Beautiful !

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 8 years ago

This is so beautiful. My son is studying Marine Biology in Santa Barbara and he will love your pictures! Do you ever need an assistant in the summers? He is both mexican and american.

Gerardo Aizpuru
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Gerardo Aizpuru

Mexico

Spotted on Dec 2, 2012
Submitted on Dec 2, 2012

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