Yellow tube sponge

Yellow tube sponge

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Credit: ALEXIS ROSENFELD/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Yellow tube sponge (Aplysina fistularis) on the seabed. A sponge is a very primitive animal that has no internal organs or even any differentiation between its constituent cells. Each identical cell helps to filter water through the sponge, sifting out tiny food particles. In this, it more closely resembles a colony of individual cells than a true multi-cellular animal. The yellow tube sponge can reach a height of well over a metre. It is found down to a depth of around 100 metres. Photographed off Long Island in the Bahamas, in the Caribbean Sea.

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Keywords: animal, aplysina fistularis, bahamas, biological, biology, caribbean sea, fauna, invertebrate, invertebrates, long island, marine, nature, poriferan, seabed, sponge, tropical, underwater, wildlife, yellow tube sponge, zoological, zoology

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