Tweet; Description: Photo take at -45 ft on a coral reef. From Florida all the Caribbean sea , Central America to Brazil. The yellow boring sponge (Cliona californiana) is often noticed on the shells of barnacles and rock scallops, but can also be found encrusting rock areas as in this photo.  These sponges are common growing on the thick-shelled giant rock scallop (Crassadoma gigantea) and on oysters. The only parts of the sponge which are visible from the outside are small yellow patches up to 3 mm (0.1 in) in diameter, sometimes containing small oscula (openings). Cliona californiana, the yellow boring sponge, boring sponge or sulphur sponge, is a species of demosponge belonging to the family Clionaidae. This sponge can sometimes be a pest for oyster fisheries. It is native to the north-eastern Pacific Ocean and burrows into the shell valves of bivalve molluscs. The yellow boring sponge inhabits living bivalve molluscs, boring into the shell valves. Aka coralliphaga. Yellow Boring Sponge. Photo take at -45 ft on a coral reef.  When it outgrows its tunnels, it spreads across the surface of the valve as a thick coating layer, and when it gets too big for its host, it becomes a free-living sponge with a length of up to 9 cm (3.5 in) and a height of 6.5 cm (2.6 in). Nature School For Teachers - Fall 2020 Launch! Yellow boring sponge. The yellow boring sponge inhabits living bivalve molluscs, boring into the shell valves. Yellow boring sponge Classification Identification Biology Distribution Links Bibliography Update Print Send : Classification : Latin name : Cliona celata (Grant, 1826) Synonyms : Classification : Porifera ( Sponges ) Name : Clione jaune: Name : Yellow boring sponge: Identification : Main identification characters : Feel free to update this datasheet and complete this data. Yellow Boring Sponge (Cliona californiana), Cloud Sponge (Aphrocallistes vastus) Shelters Decorated Warbonnet, Large Orange Finger Sponge (Isodictya rigida). The yellow boring sponge has a range from northern Alaska to northern Mexico. , A newly settled young sponge makes its way to the shell of a suitable host and bores into a valve of the mollusc (or the plates of the barnacle). Papillae of cliona aprica has olive to dull brown color, while cliona dioryssa forms orange papollae. , The yellow boring sponge is native to the north-eastern Pacific Ocean, its range extending from Alaska to Baja California. Small sponge about 7 cm tall tube form It is native to the north-eastern Pacific Ocean and burrows into the shell valves of bivalve molluscs. Beautiful! Grant 1826 species overview cliona celata grant 1826 is a yellow excavating or boring sponge occurring in two distinct forms. The Boring Yellow Sponge: Gaylord Stuart McIrvington, lives in Witchitaw Lake, Wisconsin and is a professional "put glue on your fingers and slowly pull them apart" technician.  Its tunnelling activities weaken the shell, and scallop and oyster farmers consider the sponge to be a pest. More Taxa Info; Guides; Places; Site Stats; Help; Video Tutorials; Log In or Sign Up Boring sponge also known as Cliona and it grows into coral and coral rubble by secreting minute amounts of acid. Yuck! Living Things » Cellular Organisms » Eukaryotes » Opisthokonts » Animals » Sponges » Demosponges » Heteroscleromorpha » Clionaida » Clionaidae » Cliona » Cliona celata « Yellow Boring Sponge No content from this site may be reproduced without express permission from Jim Auzins. The sponge spicules are silicaceous (glassy) and are scattered throughout the sponge tissues. It is more common in the colder waters in the northern part of its range than it is in the southern part, and it occurs at depths down to about 120 m (400 ft).  The sponge is preyed on by the nudibranch Doriopsilla albopunctata. Small sponge about 7 cm tall tube form yellow color usually find more than one this one was alone growing on the reef. From Florida all the Caribbean sea , Central America to Brazil. This sponge can sometimes be a pest for oyster fisheries. The yellow boring sponge (Cliona californiana) is often noticed on the shells of barnacles and rock scallops, but can also be found encrusting rock areas as in this photo. almost never touch any sponge or corals some times i like to handle are the algae´s. The boring sponge is a thick bright yellow sponge that grows on oyster reefs throughout the chesapeake bay. , https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Cliona_californiana&oldid=959070276, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 27 May 2020, at 00:50. They consist entirely of megascleres known as "tylostyles", which are a kind of spicule with a single shaft, with a point on one end and a knob on the other. Project Details . Terms of Photo Use - Home Page. It is most often found in the subtidal zone but also occurs in the intertidal zone.