Barrel sponge

Barrel sponge

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Caption: Barrel sponge on a coral reef. The barrel sponge is one of the largest of sponges, reaching up to 1.5 metres in height. It is host to a variety of other organisms including crabs, shrimps and fish. These use the sponge to access plankton in the water currents that it generates.

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Keywords: animal, aquatic, barrel sponge, biological, biology, caribbean barrel sponge, coral reef, ecological, ecology, esponge, fauna, giant barrel sponge, invertebrate, invertebrates, marine, marine biology, nature, ocean floor, porifera, poriferan, sea floor, seabed, sponge, under water, underwater, water, wildlife, zoological, zoology

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