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Orange Elephant Ear Sponge

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Matthew Crumpton

on 12 May 2014

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Transcript of Orange Elephant Ear Sponge

Orange Elephant Ear Sponge
Agelas clathrodes
Domain: Eukaryote
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Porifera
Class: Demospongiae
Order: Agelasida
Family: Agelasidae
Genus: Agelas
Species: Agelas clathrodes
Reproduction and Food Sources
Reproduction happens once a year during the end of July
Spawning event
Can reproduce in two ways:
1. Sexual - Hermaphrodites
2. Asexual
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.
3 textures:
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.
Ecological Importance...
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
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