Golden Sponge (Aplysina aerophoba)

Series of top and side view illustrations of the Golden Sponge

The Golden Sponge (Aplysina aerophoba) is a tube-forming or encrusting sponge, usually yellow, and found in the shallow areas of the Mediterranean sea and also the eastern Atlantic ocean. It is usually found in sunlit locations, making it easy to separate it from the Yellow sponge. At the center of the flattened end or top are exhalant pores or small oscula. When taken out of the water, it turns dark blue-black. The Golden sponge has a firm and rubbery texture. This sponge is a filter feeder and is also hermaphrodite. It has a massive base, from which irregular tubular digitations erupt.

The Golden Sponge has an overall cluster diameter between 11.8”-39.4” (30-100 cm) and height of 7.9”-11.8” (20-30 cm). The typical diameters of the individual tubes are in the range of 1”-2.4” (2.5-6 cm).

Details

*Under Development*

Height:
7.9”-11.8” | 20-30 cm
Width:
11.8”-39.4” | 30-100 cm (Cluster)
Depth:
11.8”-39.4” | 30-100 cm (Cluster)
Length:
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Weight:
Area:
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Tube Diameter: 1”-2.4” | 2.5-6 cm

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Scientific Name:
Aplysina aerophoba
Lifespan:

Properties

Drawings include:

Golden 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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