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Aaptos papillata (Keller 1880)

Aaptos papillata

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Aaptos papillata is a species of sea sponge belonging to the family Suberitidae. This species was first described in 1880. It is native to the northeastern Atlantic Ocean, the English Channel and the Mediterranean Sea.

Description

Aaptos papillata is a massive sponge growing in a domed shape, the smooth velvety surface being densely covered in small, low nipples. The oscula through which water exits are small and few in number. The colour of this sponge is pink flushed with purple, the nipples being paler. The interior is creamy-pink in the middle and yellowish-ochre near the surface, which is often obscured by sand and shell fragments. The consistency is firm but elastic.[2]

Biology

Like most species of sponge, Aaptos papillata is a filter feeder. Water passes in through pores, food particles are filtered out and the water passes out through the oscula. It feeds on bacteria and small planktonic particles not exceeding three microns in diameter. Its means of reproduction have not been studied but it is likely to be similar to other members of its family. Sponges are generally hermaphrodite; sexual reproduction is by the release of gametes into the water column; asexual reproduction may be by budding, or by detachment of fragments of sponge.[2]

References

  1. ^ van Soest, Rob (2015). "Aaptos papillata". WoRMS. World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Eponge-mamelles-rose: Aaptos papillata" (in French). DORIS. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
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Aaptos papillata: Brief Summary

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Aaptos papillata is a species of sea sponge belonging to the family Suberitidae. This species was first described in 1880. It is native to the northeastern Atlantic Ocean, the English Channel and the Mediterranean Sea.

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