glass sponge


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glass sponge

[′glas ‚spənj]
(invertebrate zoology)
A siliceous sponge belonging to the class Hyalospongiae.
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When a catastrophic ice shelf collapse in Antarctica opened up prime seafloor real estate, enterprising creatures called glass sponges showed up with unprecedented speed to stake their claim.
In this paper, the four species are referred to as basket sponges (Esperiopsis and Mycale), glass sponges (Rhabdocalyptus), and Geodia.
In situ feeding and metabolism of glass sponges (Hexactinellida.
1974) state that glass sponges provide almost all of the vertical structure on the sea floor in the Ross Sea of Antarctica.
The Japanese give glass sponges to newly wed couples as goodluck charms, because mating shrimps make their homes in them
Their mission: to search for open-ocean specimens of reef-building glass sponges, a Lazarus taxon that had been discovered in protected waters off the coast of Canada in the 1990s.
In the glass sponges Oopsacas minuta and Rhabdocalyptus dawsoni, particles are thought to be trapped at the collar microvilli by a thin layer of the syncytial trabecular reticulum that surrounds the distal region of each collar (Perez, 1996; Wyeth, 1999).
Nearly 1,000 ft down is the haystack zone, huge limestone blocks standing 150 ft tall and home to unusual animals and delicate corals such as stalked crinoids, porcelain corals, glass sponges and deep-sea gorgonians.
These animals, commonly known as glass sponges because of their siliceous skeleton, inhabit deep waters throughout the world's oceans, making their retrieval in good condition difficult.
By shining extremely short pulses of laser light into the transparent, liquid-filled glass sponges, the researchers generate ultrasonic waves within the material, allowing them to monitor the liquid's behavior.