Cliona delitrix Red boring sponge
Cliona delitrixis commonly referred to as Red boring sponge. Difficulty in the aquarium: Not suitable for home aquaria!. Toxicity: Toxic hazard unknown.
- Cliona delitrix
- Roter Bohrschwamm
- Red Boring Sponge
- Family tree:
- Animalia (Kingdom) > Porifera (Phylum) > Demospongiae (Class) > Clionaida (Order) > Clionaidae (Family) > Cliona (Genus) > delitrix (Species)
- Initial determination:
- Pang, 1973
- Belize, Brazil, Columbia, Cuba, Florida, Gulf of Mexico, Jamaica, The Bahamas, the Caribbean, the Cayman Islands, the Netherlands Antilles, USA, Venezuela, West-Atlantic Ocean
- Sea depth:
- 2 - 22 Meter
- 13.78" - 19.69" (35cm - 50cm)
- 69.8 °F - 82.4 °F (21°C - 28°C)
- Filter feeder, Plankton, Suspension feeder
- Not suitable for home aquaria!
- Toxic hazard unknown
- Not evaluated
- Red List:
- Not evaluated (NE)
- Related species at
Catalog of Life:
- Meerwasser-Lexikon Team
- 2014-06-08 13:03:13
- 2020-04-24 17:20:41
The main corals on which Cliona delitrix grows are Siderastrea siderea, Diploria labyrinthiformis and Montastraea cavernosa.
The sponge needs calcium to flourish and if it settles on something calcareous like a massive coral, it will secrete acid to dissolve it as well as continuing to grow over the surface.
The aggressive sponge kills the part of the coral close to its growing edge.
Cliona delitrix is a hermaphrodite
Classification: Biota > Animalia (Kingdom) > Porifera (Phylum) > Demospongiae (Class) > Hadromerida (Order) > Clionaidae (Family) > Cliona (Genus
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