Oceanapia sagittaria (Pink Puffball Sponge)

Pink to red sponge found on shallow coral and rocky reefs

(Pink Puffball Sponge)

FAMILY

Phloeodictyidae

Species

Abdopus aculeatus

Common name(s)

Pink Puffball sponge

Main colour(s)

red

Size

.5-10cm

Campus

Orpheus Island Research Station

Description

Found on shallow coral and rocky reefs throughout the western Pacific. This puffy ball is just the upper portion of otherwise burrowing tubular body with soft capitum, thought to be a asexual reproductive mechanism for dispersal or for filtering food. This ball can also fall off, roll around the seabed, reattach or reform into another sponge

They feed on plankton.

Length - 10cm

Depth - 1-25m

Sites where this species can be found at OIRS

This small bright red sponge is sometimes seen on the reef flat area of Pioneer Bay.

Research that has been undertaken at OIRS

Nil.