Iophon proximum (Ridley, 1881)
Chilean breadcrumb sponge
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Family:  Acarnidae ()
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Environment:  sessile; marine; depth range 5 - 30 m
Distribution:  Cosmopolitan.
Biology:  This species is found on rocky substrates, and is epibiotic on scallops (Zygochlamys patagonica) or algae at depths of 5 to 30 m. It is associated with the zoanthid Parazoanthus elongatus (Ref. 87801). Members of the class Demospongiae are hermaphroditic. Life cycle: The zygote develops into parenchymella larva (free-swimming) before settling down on a substrate where it grows into a young sponge (Ref. 833).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Haussermann, Vreni - 13.09.11
Modified by: Sorongon-Yap, Patricia - 13.09.11

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