Demospongiae | Chondrosida
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Sessile; brackish; depth range 1 - 2 m (Ref. 86836). Tropical
Western Central Atlantic: Caribbean.
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Chondrilla caribensis f. hermatypica: shiny mustard to greenish yellow; tough encrustations. Chondrilla caribensis f. caribensis: grayish to reddish brown; thickly encrusting; often lobed (Ref. 82089). Grows in any combination of thick encrusting lumps, pillows, low mounds, sheets, or runners. Surface is shiny, smooth and slippery. External color: combination of yellow brown and greenish to dark brown, sides often paler; cryptic specimens completely pale white or tan. Internal color: cream. Tough consistency. Oscules scattered or on top of pillows or mounds; usually small, flush or indented with a collar that may be elevated or indented (Ref. 85482).
Depth range from Belize and Panama (Ref. 86836). Occurs in shallow hard bottoms. Often attaches to seagrass blades, dead finger coral branches, mangrove prop roots and artificial structures (Ref. 85482). Members of the class Demospongiae are hermaphroditic. Life cycle: The zygote develops into parenchymella larva (free-swimming) before settling down on a substrate where it grows into a young sponge (Ref. 833).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Members of the class Demospongiae are hermaphroditic. Life cycle: The zygote develops into parenchymella larva (free-swimming) before settling down on a substrate where it grows into a young sponge.
Rützler, K., S. Duran and C. Piantoni. 2007. (Ref. 82089)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES status (Ref. 108899)
Threat to humans
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Estimates of some properties based on models
): 25.5 - 28.2, mean 27.2 (based on 367 cells).