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Row pore rope sponge
Aplysina cauliformis
(Carter, 1882)

Description:
Long, branching and rope-like, up to 60 cm. Generally hanging downward with the tip of the branches curling upward. Excurrent openings form long rows and are 1-4 mm in diameter (A. cauliformis-oscules). The oscules have thin, protruding lips, often of a lighter color. The surface is very finely conulose. The consistency is stiff and hardly compressible.

Color:
The color is highly variable and not distinctive, it includes red, purple and lavender.

Habitat:
Growing in lagoons and inhabiting deep sloping reefs.

Distribution:
Florida to Curacao.

Row pore rope sponge (Aplysina cauliformis)