Nov 12 2007

Soldierfish, Porifera, & Annelida on Dominican reefs

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Soldierfish cast a wary eye over scuba divers cruising over the reefs of Dominica
A delicate fanworm emerges from between lobes of hermatypic brain corals.

In the nutrient rich waters (by Caribbean standards) of Dominica, there seems to be no limit to the diversity and abundance of the members of the phylum porifera (sponges). There are barrel sponges that could hold a scuba diver, and more compact sponges such as this beautiful royal sponge. In many areas of these reefs, the phylum porifera can often dominate photosynthetic cnidarans.

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