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Red Beard Sponge

Microciona prolifera

Max Size: 20 cm (8 in)
Habitat: Rocks, piles, and shells.
Diet: Plankton
Fun Facts:

  • Sponges are one of the oldest, simplest forms of animal. They lack tissue layers and complex organs that we tend to associate with animals
  • Many sponges have glass (silicate) spicules within their tissue to provide structural support. These look like little needles or stars
  • Sponges filter feed constantly using collar cells (cells with a flagellum and a structure called a collar). Collar cells use their flagella to generate currents that draws water into the sponges pores, where plankton and other tiny particles are collected as food