Yellow network sponges, scientific name Clathrina clathrus, off Monaco coast, Mediterranean sea. Clathrina clathrus is a calcareous sponge of 10 cm in diameter forming a tangle of tubes which are between 0,5 and 3 mm in diameter and interconnected in a very dense network. The oscules, quite visible, are located at the intersections of the largest tubes. It is translucent and bright yellow. Yellow network sponge lives attached to rocky overhangs, crevices and on cave walls in calm water areas. It is found from 1 to 20 m deep, in the Mediterranean Sea and in the North-Western Atlantic Ocean from Canary Islands to the British Isles, but its distribution is probably not so septentrional.


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Yellow network sponges in the Mediterranean Sea

Yellow network sponges, scientific name Clathrina clathrus, off Monaco coast, Mediterranean sea. Clathrina clathrus is a calcareous sponge of 10 cm in diameter forming a tangle of tubes which are between 0,5 and 3 mm in diameter and interconnected in a very dense network. The oscules, quite visible, are located at the intersections of the largest tubes. It is translucent and bright yellow. Yellow network sponge lives attached to rocky overhangs, crevices and on cave walls in calm water areas. It is found from 1 to 20 m deep, in the Mediterranean Sea and in the North-Western Atlantic Ocean from Canary Islands to the British Isles, but its distribution is probably not so septentrional.
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