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Pineapple Sponge

Pineapple Sponge

Common Name: Pineapple Sponge

Scientific Name: Porifera

Sponges are the simplest of multi-cellular animals. This particular specimen looks like a pineapple, hence his name. Sponges are covered with tiny pores which lead internally to a system of canals and eventually out to one or more larger holes. By filtering water the sponge feeds and grows, sponges are very effective filter feeders, since they are able to capture and eat particles as small as bacteria as well as much larger particles. There are many different types of sponges and they can be quite colorful. Sponges cob be encrusting or free-standing. They are a beneficial addition to the ecosystem. Some high-end specimens are available in fish stores.

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