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Orange Elephant Ear Sponge
Transcript of Orange Elephant Ear Sponge
Species: Agelas clathrodes
Reproduction and Food Sources
Reproduction happens once a year during the end of July
Can reproduce in two ways:
1. Sexual - Hermaphrodites
Filter eaters; use their pores to eat small ocean particles
Why are they important?
Where is this found?
Mainly found in the Carribean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, Coast of Florida
Thrives in tropical areas
Lives with-in 35ft. -130ft. below sea level
Can grow up between 2-6ft in length and 1-1.5 inches in width.
Importance to humans...
1990, scientist discoved speacial cells that the sponges released were helpful to cancer research.
2010, MIT researchers found a way to extract the cells. Unknown if they are actually beneficial.
Help provide small fish with a secure hiding place to hide from predators.
Also act as nurseries for fish to lay eggs and breeding grounds