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Family Dysideidae

Lamellodysidea herbacea

(Keller, 1889)

Finger Sponge

Likely Reef Tank Suitable

Likely Fish-Only Tank Suitable

Range: Indo-Pacific Ocean

Natural Environment: Inhabits rubble and rocky shelf areas in caves and under overhangs where there are strong currents.

Aquarium Suitability: Not collected for the home aquarium trade.

Best left in the wild.


    Kingdom: Animalia

    Phylum: Porifera

    Class: Demospongiae

    Subclass: Keratosa

    Order: Dendroceratida

    Family: Dysideidae

    Genus: Lamellodysidea

FYI: Shown here for identification only.

Was previously classified as Dysidea herbacea.

Feeds by drawing water in and through its pores and filtering out bacteria and organic particles, then expelling the filtered water out through the osculi.

 Lamellodysidea herbacea (Finger Sponge)
Photo © Daniel Geiger
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