Freshwater Sponge (Spongilla lacustris)

Set of scaled top and side view drawings of the Freshwater Sponge

The Freshwater sponge (Spongilla lacustris) prefers shallow, clear waters, in ponds, lakes, or slow-moving water bodies in Europe, Asia, and North America. This is the most widespread sponge in the inland waters of Europe. This dominance is mostly seen during Winter. Depending on the habitat, the freshwater sponge can be branched, digitated, or encrusting. It produces sexually or asexually and feeds on small organic animals floating in the water. Freshwater sponges can be white or green. These invertebrates attach themselves to streambed rocks and resemble algae. However, it is their soft texture that separates them from algae.

The Freshwater Sponge has an overall cluster diameter between 13.8”-21.7” (35-55 cm) and height of 11.8”-17.7” (30-45 cm). The diameters of the individual stalks are typically between .31”-.47” (.8-1.2 cm).

Details

*Under Development*

Height:
11.8”-17.7” | 30-45 cm (Cluster)
Width:
13.8”-21.7” | 35-55 cm (Cluster)
Depth:
13.8”-21.7” | 35-55 cm (Cluster)
Length:
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Area:
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Stalk Diameter: .31”-.47” | .8-1.2 cm

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Scientific Name:
Spongilla lacustris
Lifespan:

Properties

Drawings include:

Freshwater Sponge top view, side (assorted)

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Porifera, or sponges, are multicellular organisms with pores that filter water. Most sponges live in marine environments, brackish and freshwater environments. Sponges were the first creatures to branch off of the evolutionary tree, which means they are the sister to all other living creatures.

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11.8”-17.7” | 30-45 cm (Cluster)
13.8”-21.7” | 35-55 cm (Cluster)
13.8”-21.7” | 35-55 cm (Cluster)
Freshwater Sponge
45.000
55.000
55.000
2250
3D
Freshwater Sponge
19.7”-47.2” | 50-120 cm
11.8”-39.4” | 30-100 cm (Cluster)
11.8”-39.4” | 30-100 cm (Cluster)
Yellow Tube Sponge
120.000
100.000
100.000
1150
3D
Yellow Tube Sponge
3.1”-7.1” | 8-18 cm
3.9”-13.8” | 10-35 cm (Diameter)
3.9”-13.8” | 10-35 cm (Diameter)
Bath Sponge
18.000
35.000
35.000
900
3D
Bath Sponge
11.8”-19.7” | 30-50 cm
23.6”-39.4” | 60-100 cm (Diameter)
23.6”-39.4” | 60-100 cm (Diameter)
Boring Sponge
50.000
100.000
100.000
360
3D
Boring Sponge
3.3’-8’ | 1-2.44 m
4.9’-6.6’ | 1.5-2 m (Diameter)
4.9’-6.6’ | 1.5-2 m (Diameter)
Giant Barrel Sponge
244.000
200.000
200.000
200
3D
Giant Barrel Sponge
7.9”-11.8” | 20-30 cm
11.8”-39.4” | 30-100 cm (Cluster)
11.8”-39.4” | 30-100 cm (Cluster)
Golden Sponge
30.000
100.000
100.000
150
3D
Golden Sponge