Alternate: Name: Boot Sponge
Size: To 5′ (1.5m) high, 3′ (1m) diameter
Range: Alaska to Southern California
Habitat: Hanging on rock walls or standing on rocks
Description: Large, long tube. Lip of osculum is thin and sharp-edged. Body bristles trap sediments
Comments: Shelters rockfish, shrimp and a variety of other organisms. Generally shallower than Strauroclyptus dawling
Size: To 10′ (3m) diameter
Range: Bering Sea to Mexico
Habitat: Typically in inlets, 80′ (25m) and deeper
Description: Massive erect branching tubular , convoluted or cloud-like growths on rock walls, White to Orange
Comments: Cavities host a variety of other animals, juvenile rockfish, crabs and various shrimp. Has a fast growth rate but may be very old – some suggest hundreds of years old.
Size: To 12′ (30 cm) high
Range: Bering Sea to BC
Habitat: On rocks in current swept areas
Description: Clump of finger-like branches, flexible in strong current. Off white to yellow
Comments: The glove sponge is also found in Japan. There are different forms and colours in the field, and there may be several species involved here.
Orange Finger Sponge
|Orange Finger Sponge
Size: To 8′ (20 cm) high
Range: Southeast Alaska to BC
Habitat: Interditidal and shallow subtidal, on rocks
Description: Flexible, erect finger-like branches. Orange to yellow.
Comments: Often eaten by the leopard droid. Usually in a smaller mass and found in more protected waters than the glove sponge.
Size: To 10′ (25 cm) high
Range: Southeast Alaska to Washington
Habitat: Subtidal in current-swept areas
Description: Strong, flexible stalk, trumpet-shaped growths. Cream-yellow
Comments: Often eaten by the Monterey sea lemon