Cliona celata   Grant,  1826 (Sponge)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Demospongiae

Image copyrights: Bernard Picton

Size (diameter): 200 mm

Color: Bright sulfur yellow

Asexual reproduction by buds and gemmules and sexual reproduction (internally) by eggs and sperm; free-swimming cilated larvae (in general, most species are believed to be hermaphroditic but may not produce male and female gametes simultaneously).

Synonym (s)
Cliona alderi Hancock, 1849
(Junior Synonym)
Cliona angulata Hancock, 1849
(Junior Synonym)
Cliona celata linearis Sollas, 1878
Cliona clio (Nardo, 1839)
(Junior Synonym)
Cliona globulifera Hancock, 1867
Cliona gorgonioides Hancock, 1849
(Junior Synonym)
Cliona griffithsii (Bowerbank, 1866)
(Junior Synonym)
Cliona hystrix (Johnston, 1842)
(Junior Synonym)
Cliona pasithea (Nardo, 1839)
(Junior Synonym)
Cliona tenebrosus (Bowerbank, 1882)
(Junior Synonym)
Cliona terebrans (Duvernoy, 1840)
(Junior Synonym)
Cliona typica (Nardo, 1833)
(Junior Synonym)
Halichondria celata (Grant, 1826)
(Genus transfer)
Halichondria hystrix Johnston, 1842
(Genus transfer and Junior Synonym)
Hymeniacidon celata (Grant, 1826)
(Reverted Genus Transfer)
Hymeniacidon celatus (Grant, 1826)
(Reverted Genus transfer and wrong species encoding)
Hymeniacidon tenebrosus Bowerbank, 1822
(Genus transfer & Junior Synonym)
Raphyrus griffithsii Bowerbank, 1866
(Junior Synonym)
Rhaphyrus griffithsii Bowerbank, 1866
Spongia peziza Bosc, 1802
Spongia sulphurea Desor, 1851
Spongia terebrans Duvernoy, 1849
Suberites griffithsii Bowerbank, 1866
Vioa celata (Grant, 1826)
Vioa clio Nard, 1839
(Nomen nudum & oblitum)
Vioa coccinea Nardo, 1839
(Nomen nudum & oblitum)
Vioa dujardini Nardo, 1844
Vioa pasithea Nardo, 1839
(Nomen nudum & oblitum)
Vioa typica Nardo, 1833
(Nomen nudum & oblitum)

Common Name (s)
• Boring Sponge (English)
• Yellow Boring Sponge (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Demersal, Rocky, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Plankters, detritus
Predator:  Crabs, snails, nudibranchs


• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti (Lat: 10.57) (Long: 72.62) INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Suheli (Lat: 10.08) (Long: 72.28) INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kalpeni (Lat: 10.08) (Long: 73.65) INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Andrott (Lat: 10.83) (Long: 73.68) INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy (Lat: 11) (Long: 72.5) INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Amini (Lat: 11.12) (Long: 72.73) INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Agatti (Lat: 10.83) (Long: 72.2) INDIA
• Bay of Bengal INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• West Coast INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Palk Bay INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kalpeni INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Suheli INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Andrott INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Amini INDIA

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