Orange Elephant Ear Sponge (Agelas clathrodes)
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natural faces on the side of a big Orange Elephant Ear spongeTaxonomy: Kingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: PoriferaClass: DemospongiaeOrder: AgelasidaFamily: AgelasidaeGenus: AgelasSpecies: Agelas clathrodes

Color:Agelas clathrodes has the color of brilliant red-orange, and is somewhat paler internally.

Description´╗┐´╗┐:The orange elephant ear sponge (Agelas clathrodes) is a species that rises from a narrow base. Its form is massive and compressed. Larger species have a broad fan shape (broadly flabellate). Sometimes they have several coalescent fronds. The plane of the fronds is usually unnaturally twisted. The edges of the shape are rounded, lobate or intended. The length and width can range from 4 by 6 cm to 20 by 35 cm. The thickness can range from 1.5 to 5 cm. The surface is covered with a variable degree of fleshy skin.

´╗┐Habitat:The species inhabits reefs and walls. It prefers areas with some water movement.

Places:They are common to Florida, Bahamas and the Caribbean.