Home|Search|Identify|Taxonomic tree|Quiz|About this site|Feedback
Developed by ETI BioInformatics
Characteristics, distribution and ecology
Taxonomische classification
Synonyms and common names
Literature references
Images, audio and video
Links to other Web sites

Variable boring sponge
Aka coralliphaga
(Ruetzler, 1971)

A boring sponge which grows in a wide variety of patterns: they appear as an encrusting sponge; as vase-like tubes extending from coral heads; as finger-like branches extending from the coral; or as tiny tubes extending from dead coral areas.

Sulfur- to lemon-yellow, occasionally white.

Inhabit coral reefs and drop-off walls. Bore into corals by secreting minute amounts of acid. This sponge bores large, fist-sized holes in coral heads.

Occasional to rare Florida; common Bahamas and Caribbean.

Variable boring sponge (Aka coralliphaga)