Sponge animal Columns of the brown tube sponge, angelas conifer, risa from the seabed like smokestacks. This sponge is found in seas around the Bahamas, the Caribbean, and florida. Growing up to 36 inches (90 cm) tall. Brown tube sponges are sometimes home to small fish that live inside their hollow core.
Common name: Sponges
Phylum of species: about 5,000
Size: Variable, from 0.1 in (2.5 mm) to 40 in (100 cm) or more in height; occasionally over 10 ft (3 m) across
Key features: Simple, radially symmetrical but imegularly shaped animals: made up of largely undifferentiated (nonspecialized) tissues around water can flow; mostly colorful, in shades of red, orange, purple, yellow and green; occasionally dull and inconspicuous
Habits: Nonmoving, usually attached to hard substratum
Breeding: asexual by budding or production of gemmules (cell packets) or sexual with internal fertilization and direct development into small adults
Diet: Small bacterial, protists, and particeles of organic material
Habitat: Mostly marine at all deptists at all depths; some freshwater species exist
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