UNCW National Science Foundation Valdosta State University Universidad Nacional de Colombia The Sponge Guide

 

Notes: Also placed under genera Tethya and Cryptotethya. Thick to globular masses with top, membranous oscules. Surface papillated. Heavy fouling prevents detailing the surface and color, which is dark olive green. The species lives in sand and rubble in lagoonal environments. Sarà & Bavastrello (1996) described several new species of Tectitethya from the Caribbean (e.g., T. keyensis, T. macrostella) that are externally and internally similar to T. crypta. All our specimens were assigned to T. crypta on the basis of the typical external shape and color. Whether these conform to one or various species cannot be determined at the moment.
 
Author Reference: (de Laubenfels, 1936)
 
Link: World Porifera Database
 
Color:
black
green
white
Morphology:
massive
Consistency:
crumbly
soft
tough
Locations:
Bahamas - Great Abaco
Bahamas - Little San Salvador
Bahamas - San Salvador
Bahamas - Stirrups Cays, N Berry Islands
Bahamas - Sweetings Cay

  

 

 

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