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Cliona celata

(Boring Sponge)


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Common Names

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Common Names in Breton:

Avu melen

Common Names in Dutch:

Boorspons, Gele Boorspons

Common Names in English:

Boring Sponge, Yellow Boring Sponge

Common Names in French:

Clione Jaune

Common Names in German:

Gelber Borschwamm

Common Names in Polish:

Wiertka złotawa


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Typically found in the intertidal zone at the water's edge at a mean distance from sea level of 7.39 meters (24.25 feet).[1]

Biome: Coastal.


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Cliona alderi Hancock • Cliona celata linearis Sollas • Cliona clio (Nardo • Cliona coccinea (Nardo • Cliona globulifera Hancock • Cliona gorgonioides Hancock • Cliona griffithsii (Bowerbank • Cliona hystrix (Johnston • Cliona pasithea (Nardo • Cliona tenebrosus (Bowerbank • Cliona terebrans (Duvernoy • Halichondria hystrix Johnston • Hymeniacidon tenebrosus Bowerbank • Raphyrus griffithsii Bowerbank • Spongia peziza Bosc • Spongia sulphurea Desor • Spongia terebrans Duvernoy • Vioa clio Nardo • Vioa coccinea Nardo • Vioa dujardini Nardo • Vioa pasithea Nardo • Vioa typica Nardo


Name Status: Accepted Name .

Comment: Holotype: UC London Type locality : Irish Sea Additional Material South Africa: Material SAM-H4889 (Ts 203), South Paw, Oudekraal (33°56’S, 17°1’E), depth 17–20 m , collected by P. Coetzee, April 1996. Ts 379, Groenrivier, west coast (30°29’S, 17°20’E), depth 2–3 m, collected by T. Samaai, 15 November 1997. Ts 401, Hotnot Point , Namibia (26°10’S, 14°50’E), depth 17 m, collected by NSFRI, 20 March 1998. Ts 405, Hottentots Bay , Lüderitz, Namibia (26°10’S, 14°51’E), depth 5 m, collected by NSFRI, 20 March 1998. Ts 411, South of Gibraltar Rock, Lüderitz, Namibia (26°01’S, 14°50’E), depth 7–12 m, collected by NSFRI, 20 March 1998. Wd 12.1, Black Rock, Lüderitz (24°50’S, 14°40’E), depth 10–17 m, collected by NSFRI, 20 March 1998. Wd 18.1, North of Gibraltar Rock, Lüderitz, Namibia (26°01’S, 14°50’E), depth 12 m, collected by NSFRI, 20 March 1998. Wd 26, 27, 28, 29.1, Gallovidia, Lüderitz, Namibia (26°01’S, 14°53’E), depth 10–17 m, collected by NSFRI, 20 March 1998. Morphology: Morphology: colour bright sulfur yellow; strong stench Specimen: M.R.A.C. no 507 G

Last scrutiny: 09-Sep-2005

Similar Species

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Members of the genus Cliona

ZipcodeZoo has pages for 5 species and subspecies in this genus:

C. californiana (Yellow Boring Sponge) · C. celata (Boring Sponge) · C. celata californiana (Yellow Boring Sponge) · C. delitrix (Red Boring Sponge) · C. patera (Neptune S Cup)

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Data Sources

Accessed through GBIF Data Portal March 06, 2008:



  1. Standard Deviation = 216.830 based on 1,735 observations. Terrestrial altitude and ocean depth information for each observation from British Oceanographic Data Centre. [back]
Last Revised: 2/1/2015