Breadcrumb Sponge

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Latin name: Halichondria panacea

This sponge species forms a variety of shapes, patches and mounds. It can also form large reef-like structures in environments that are subjected to strong water movements. This sponge species shows a variable range of colours, from green to orange, which is dependent on the availability of zooxanthellae present. It also has a strong odour of seaweed.

Habitat: This species is found in the lower regions of the intertidal rocky-shorelines and the subtidal regions of the marine environment.

Status: It is frequently found within the Channel Islands and the UK.