Stove-pipe Sponge (Aplysina archeri )

Also known as Demospongiae, Siliceous Sponges, Marine Sponge, Tubular Sponges, Tube Sponge, Lavender Stovepipe Sponge, Pink Tube Sponge, Blue Sponge.

Description

Also known as Demospongiae, Siliceous Sponges, Marine Sponge, Tubular Sponges, Tube Sponge, Lavender Stovepipe Sponge, Pink Tube Sponge and Blue Sponge.

Found on coral and rocky reefs on ledges and walls.
They feed on plankton.
Varies in colour.
Length - to-1m
Depth - 15-30m
Widespread Western Atlantic & Caribbean



Sponges come in a range of sizes from minuscule encrusting species under rocks to massive sponges which can be up to one and half metres high.
They are able to filter many litres of sea water every few seconds.
Sponges can exude highly toxic chemicals and so have very few predators apart from nudibranchs, sea stars, sea urchins and umbrella shell.
Their colour can vary if growing in the light or when growing in the shade.

5 comments

  1. Posted by emily
    September 10, 2013 at 10:28 am - 1 person found this useful.

    i need to know these things about the stove pipe sponge but i can't seem to find the answers. what is it's internal transport, what is its excretion, movement, and response to temperature change and predators?

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