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Coral Killing Sponge (Chalinula nematifera) Monument, Lembeh. Chalinula nematifera,Coral Killing Sponge,Geotagged,Indonesia,Spring Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

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  1. I'm at a loss for words, really! Posted 10 months ago
  2. I echo Ferdy's sentiment. Wow! Posted 10 months ago
  3. :-D Thanks! Posted 10 months ago
  4. From today's JungleDragon Facebook post:

    The Coral Killing Sponge (Chalinula nematifera) is a beautiful, purple and white encrusting sponge that is capable of killing live corals. It's a common sponge in the Indo-Pacific, but it has now become invasive in coral reefs along the Mexican Pacific coast. Sponges are important to the structure and energy flow of coral reefs as they play roles in bioerosion and bioconstruction. But, they can also be strong competitors that can overgrow and outcompete native coral. They grow rapidly, spread extensively, and can easily become dominant. Because of this, the coral killing sponge is considered a potential threat to Pacific Mexican coral reefs. {Spotted in Indonesia by JungleDragon moderator, Patomarazul} #JungleDragon
    Posted 4 months ago
    1. Many thanks for the highlights! :-) Posted 4 months ago
      1. You're welcome, Marta! Posted 4 months ago

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Chalinula nematifera (Porifera: Haplosclerida) is an encrusting sponge able to overgrow live corals. Chalinula nematifera belongs to the order Haplosclerida, family Chalinidae. It is characterised by a mauve colouration and by white, wavy filaments, produced by symbiotic fungi.

This species was originally described by De Laubenfels (1954, as Nara nematifera) in association with corals of the Western-Central Pacific Ocean (Great Barrier Reef, Marshall Islands, Micronesia). Information.. more

Similar species: Haplosclerida
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Uploaded Aug 13, 2018. Captured May 16, 2018 12:47 in Unnamed Road, Batulubang, Lembeh Sel., Kota Bitung, Sulawesi Utara, Indonesia.
  • TG-5
  • f/5.0
  • 1/125s
  • ISO250
  • 11.78mm