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glass sponge

[′glas ‚spənj]
(invertebrate zoology)
A siliceous sponge belonging to the class Hyalospongiae.
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The sea squirts were gone, and all of a sudden the glass sponges had tripled" in number, Richter says.
In situ feeding and metabolism of glass sponges (Hexactinellida.
Konecki and Targett (1989) note that glass sponges serve as important nesting and refuge sites for Antarctic fishes, and destruction of sponge communities by bottom trawling could have an impact on fish ecology in the region.
Glass sponges are so called because their skeletons are built from glasslike silica minerals, not carbonates.
Only glass sponges (class Hexactinellida) are known to be able to arrest flagella in response to mechanical stimuli (see review by Leys and Meech, 2006).
In this paper, the four species are referred to as basket sponges (Esperiopsis and Mycale), glass sponges (Rhabdocalyptus), and Geodia.
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.