Coral reef cup demosponge

Cymbastela coralliophila Hooper & Bergquist, 1992 (OTU QM0664) [Demospongiae, Halichondrida, Axinellidae] Large vase-shaped, cup-shaped or simply lamellate growth forms, typically mottled olive-brown or olive-green alive with maroon-brown tinge externally due to the presence of chlorophyll pigments, white when preserved, oscules very small, dispersed on tips of microconules, texture compressible, spongy, difficult to tear, surface optically smooth. Common in the Coral Sea.

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