Range: Western Atlantic Ocean: Caribbean, Puerto Rico
Natural Environment: Inhabits reef slope areas where current is swift
General Husbandry: Has a temperature range of 72 to 79°F (22 - 26°C). Rarely seen in the trade. They feed upon plankton and suspended detritus, and require numerous feedings per day of live and/or preserved commercial phytoplankton products or that of animal and plant powders that produce suspended products in the bulk water. Needs to be placed in the shade and where the current is quite swift. Probably best left in the wild.
Note: For a photo of this sponge, visit the Marine Invertebrates And Plants of the Living Reef, page 61.
Taxonomy: Subphylum Cellularia, Class Demospongiae, Subclass Ceractinomorpha, Order: Agelasida