Suberites ?suberea forma latus Lambe, 1893

Common name(s): 

Phylum Porifera
 Class Demospongiae
  Subclass Tetractinomorpha
   Order Hadromerida
    Family Suberitidae
Suberites ?suberea being carried on Pagurus kennerlyi hermit crab.
(Photo by: Dave Cowles, July 2000)
Description:  A moderately firm sponge that contains spicules, carried by hermit crabs.  Has large tylostyles 250-524 microns, tylostrongyles 135-350 microns.  May also have small tylostyles 90-150 microns and centrotylote microstrongyles 20-50 microns.  The ones I have seen have been gray with perhaps a tinge of purple.

How to Distinguish from Similar Species:_

Geographical Range:_

Depth Range: Subtidal

Habitat: Carried by hermit crabs such as Pagurus kennerlyi, Pagurus quaylei, and Pagurus stevensae.

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Dichotomous Keys:
  Kozloff 1987, 1996

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Hermit crab
Another photo of the sponge on Pagurus kennerlyi

Authors and Editors of Page:
Dave Cowles (2005):  Created original page