Ecology

Habitat

Depth range based on 11 specimens in 1 taxon.
Water temperature and chemistry ranges based on 4 samples.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 17.7 - 64.1
  Temperature range (°C): 23.278 - 26.525
  Nitrate (umol/L): 0.732 - 2.380
  Salinity (PPS): 35.095 - 35.493
  Oxygen (ml/l): 4.230 - 4.703
  Phosphate (umol/l): 0.121 - 0.308
  Silicate (umol/l): 0.869 - 1.453

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Depth range (m): 17.7 - 64.1

Temperature range (°C): 23.278 - 26.525

Nitrate (umol/L): 0.732 - 2.380

Salinity (PPS): 35.095 - 35.493

Oxygen (ml/l): 4.230 - 4.703

Phosphate (umol/l): 0.121 - 0.308

Silicate (umol/l): 0.869 - 1.453
 
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Ianthella basta

Ianthella basta or elephant ear sponge is a species of fan-shaped sponge in the class Demospongiae. It is also known as the paper sponge or scroll sponge.[2]

Sponges are marine invertebrates with a jellylike mesohyl sandwiched between two layers of cells. They are filter feeders maintaining a flow of water through their structure which passes out through large openings called oscula. They have a fragile skeleton of stiff spicules.

Distribution

The elephant ear sponge is found in the Indo-Pacific region including Indonesia and the Great Barrier Reef.[1] It is found on coral reefs in areas with rapid water flows.[2]

Ecology

The sea cucumber Synaptula lamperti is closely associated with the sponge and makes use of certain nutrients exuded by it.[3]

Research is being undertaken on various metabolites and other biologically active constituents that are synthesized by the sponge.[4][5]

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