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A box consultant to the marine invertebrates occuring on tropical Pacific coral reefs, seagrass beds and mangroves.

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Federated States of Micronesia 59- Iotrochota sp. * Federated States of Micronesia 60- Autletta sp. * Papua New Guinea Kaimbu Island * 33 ft (10 m). This undescribed encrusting species is sticky and incorporates sand into its skeleton. Species of this genus from northern 59- Iotrochota sp. * Myxillidae * Poecilosclerida * Chuuk Atoll * Tonoas Australia and New Caledonia are known to be highly toxic to humans, and it Island * algal flat * 150 ft (45 m). Species of Iotrochota, like this one, smell is recommended that these sponge not be handled.

This flattened ear sponge is compressible and flexible. genus is known from Australia, New Caledonia and Micronesia. 94- Pseudaxinella sp. * Axinellidae * Halichondrida * Papua New Guinea * Dyaul Island * 66 ft (20 m). This is an example of an atypical axinellid. While the sponge is thickly encrusting, individual papillae retain an overall axial structure. This species exudes mucous. 95- Stylotella aurantium* Desmoxyidae * Halichondrida * Palau * Marine lake * 3 ft (1 m). 87- Acanthella sp. * Federated States of Micronesia 89- Phakellia sp.

The ostia and oscules occur in gaps between these paltes. When touched, the sponge contracts, closing the fissures, making it one of the few sponges which “react” rapidly when touched. 26 26- Diacarnus bismarckensis * Papua New Guinea 30- Placospongia mesobesioides * Placospongiidae * Hadromerida * Indonesia * Manado * 80 ft (25 m). While many of the “alligator sponges” are encrusting, firmly attached to the bottom, others form finger-like structures, such as are seen here. The fissures run along the length of the “fingers”.

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