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Red vase sponge
Mycale laxissima
Duchassaing & Michelotti, 1864

Description:
Massively incrusting to vase- or cup-like; surface strongly conulose due to flimsy fleshy parts. Oscules indistinct. Consistency spongy, soft. The species is notable for its copious slime production.

Color:
Reddish purple with bluish tinges; slime is white.

Habitat:
Known from harbor poles and reefs.

Distribution:
Florida, Bahamas and Caribbean.

Red vase sponge (Mycale laxissima)