Demospongiae | Poecilosclerida
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Sessile; brackish; depth range 1 - 35 m (Ref. 108813). Tropical
Western Central Atlantic.
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm Max length : 15.0 cm H male/unsexed; (Ref. 415)
Thinly encrusting: 0.2 - 0.4 cm thickness to lobate, ramose, palmate or flabellate, with thin branches reaching 10 - 15 cm in height. Very characteristically colored externally orange to red with yellowish tinges. Very smooth, somewhat slippery surface. Soft and compressible in consistency (Ref. 415).
Species grows on mangrove prop roots and seagrass beds (Ref. 86836). They are found in coral reefs and rocky bottoms (Ref. 83919). 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.
Collin, R., M.C. Díaz, J. Norenburg, R.M. Rocha, J.A. Sánchez, M. Schulze, A. Schwartz and A. Valdés. 2005. (Ref. 415)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES status (Ref. 108899)
Threat to humans
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Estimates of some properties based on models
): 26.3 - 28.3, mean 27.2 (based on 315 cells).
Low vulnerability (10 of 100)