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Haliclona (Haliclona) oculata (Linnaeus 1759)

Brief Summary

    Haliclona oculata: Brief Summary
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    Haliclona oculata, sometimes known by the common name mermaid’s glove, is a species of sea sponges that is usually found in depths of around 1,000 m.

    Brief Summary
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    The mermaid's glove has decorative branches which often fuse together, resembling antlers. In Dutch, it is called 'antler sponge'. If the waters are calm where it grows, the branches are thin, resembling fine fingers. Probably the reason it's called mermaid's glove in English. In wilder waters, the branches are wider and flatter. This sponge gets its food by sucking up water through tiny pores. Other pores visible on the branches are used for expelling the filtered seawater.

Comprehensive Description

    Haliclona oculata
    provided by wikipedia

    Haliclona oculata, sometimes known by the common name mermaid’s glove, is a species of sea sponges that is usually found in depths of around 1,000 m.

    Distribution

    Haliclona oculata is found in the North Atlantic Ocean and also in South Africa.

    Description

    Haliclona oculata grows to a size of about 30 cm and has a soft texture.

    Ecology

    This species feeds on particles in the water.

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