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Row pore rope sponge
Aplysina cauliformis
(Carter, 1882)

Long, branching and rope-like, up to 60 cm. Generally hanging downward with the tip of the branches curling upward. Excurrent openings form long rows and are 1-4 mm in diameter (A. cauliformis-oscules). The oscules have thin, protruding lips, often of a lighter color. The surface is very finely conulose. The consistency is stiff and hardly compressible.

The color is highly variable and not distinctive, it includes red, purple and lavender.

Growing in lagoons and inhabiting deep sloping reefs.

Florida to Curacao.

Row pore rope sponge (Aplysina cauliformis)