Venus's flower basket sponge skeleton

Venus's flower basket sponge skeleton

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Credit: DIRK WIERSMA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Venus's flower basket sponge skeleton. Close-up of the skeleton of a Venus's flower basket (Euplectella aspergillum) marine sponge. This sponge forms an elongate tubular skeleton up to 250 mm in length, made of extremely thin silica-based spicules that form an extremely strong, yet lightweight, geometric pattern (seen here).

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