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Scientific name: Cliona spp-1
Common name: Grey boring sponge
Phyulm Sub Phylum Class Sub Class Order Sub Order Family Sub Family Genus Species
Porifera Cellularia Demospongiae Tetractinomorpha Hadromerida Not Defined Clionaidae Not Defined Cliona Cliona spp-1



Short Description:

This is one of the "boring sponges", which create round holes up to around 5 cm in diameter in. In the colony there are small holes covering its entire plain The overall colour is grey with a light brown tint



Size: Their colonies can be up to 750mm in diameter
Behaviour: The boring sponge lives on the ocean floor. They group in colonies rather than wander alone. They do this for protection and reproduction 
Diet: They get their food through small "filters" as seawater flows through
Distribution: Worldwide
Depth: 30m
Habitat: Shallow rocky reefs
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Photographer Date City Area Dive site Temp Size Depth Camera Photo Video
Johan Swanepoel-(Port Elizabeth) 2009-07-18 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-Kraal 18 250mm 12m Olympus SP560UZ photo
Johan Swanepoel-(Port Elizabeth) 2008-10-05 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-The Haerlem Wreck (1987) 18 500mm 20m Olympus SP560UZ photo
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