Tedania (Tedania) pilarriosae Cristobo, 2002

AphiaID: 169575

Sponge

Animalia (Kingdom) > Porifera (Phylum) > Demospongiae (Class) > Heteroscleromorpha (Subclass) > Poecilosclerida (Order) > Tedaniidae (Family)

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OMARE records: 131
OBIS records: 1

Description

Massive sponge ranging from roundish (in smaller individuals) to elongated (in larger ones). The surface is velvety and somewhat angular between smooth areas and sieve-plate areas where numerous pin-like pores can be found. It has a strong orange coloration and a firm consistency.

Geographic distribution

The species is only known to occur in the northwesternmost part of the Iberian Peninsula, from Ría de Ferrol in Galicia (type-locality) and Esposende.

Habitat

Typically occurs in rocky habitats, in the intertidal and upper sublittoral, between 0 and 15 m depth.

Identifying features

Its massive and angular shape, alongside with its orange coloration are very distinctive, making misidentifications unlikely.

Conservation Status

Synonyms

Tedania pilarriosae Cristobo, 2002

International References

Cristobo F.J. 2002. The Genus Tedania (Porifera, Demospongiae, Poecilosclerida) in the Waters of the Iberian Peninsula (Northeast Atlantic) with a Description of Two New Species. Sarsia 87(5): 362-377. [original description]

Last update: 22 Jan. 2019
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