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Neopetrosia subtriangularis(Duchassaing, 1850)Neopetrosia subtriangularis
Common Name: Spawling sponge

PhylumClassOrderFamilyGenusSpecies
PoriferaDemospongiaeHaploscleridaPetrosiidaeNeopetrosiasubtriangularis
Habitat
Reef habitat, seagrass beds, especially in sand areas near the coral sites where water is silty (>3 m deep).

Distribution
Caribbean wide.
Characteristics
Ramose, branching species similar in growth pattern to the hard coral Acropora cervicornis. Branches 1-2 cm in diameter, and more than 20 cm high. Hard and fragile in consistency. Smooth surface, with oscules (2-5 mm) regularly distributed.
In Bocas Del Toro
Reported ByDiaz, M.C. 2005. Common sponges from shallow marine habitats from Bocas del Toro region, Panama. Caribbean Journal of Science 41: 465-475.

M.C. Diaz in: Collin, R. et al. 2005. Photographic Identification Guide to some Common Marine Invertebrates of Bocas Del Toro, Panama. Caribbean Journal of Science. 41(3): 638-707.

ObservationsLarge patches (>2 m in diameter) may be found in Bocas (>4 m deep).
CommentsPreviously reported and identified by M.C. Diaz as Xestospongia subtriangularis.
Images
Neopetrosia subtriangularis
Neopetrosia subtriangularis
Neopetrosia subtriangularis
Neopetrosia subtriangularis
Links
Reference
Collin, R. et al. 2005. Photographic Identification Guide to some Common Marine Invertebrates of Bocas Del Toro, Panama. Caribbean Journal of Science. 41(3): 638-707;


Diaz, M.C. 2005. Common sponges from shallow marine habitats from Bocas del Toro region, Panama. Caribbean Journal of Science 41: 465-475.
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