Aaptos aaptos

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Aaptos aaptos
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Porifera
Class: Demospongiae
Order: Hadromerida
Family: Suberitidae
Genus: Aaptos
Species: A. aaptos
Binomial name
Aaptos aaptos
(Schmidt, 1864) [1]

Aaptos aaptos is a sea sponge belonging to the phylum Porifera.[1]

This particular species is known to contain adrenoreceptor-blocking compounds. While it is highly toxic to fish, it is known to be preyed upon by the hawksbill turtle, Eretmochelys imbricata.[2]

Aaptamine, an alkaloid isolated from Aaptos aaptos[3]


  1. ^ a b World Register of Marine Species Retrieved August 25, 2012
  2. ^ Meylan, Anne (1988-01-12). "Spongivory in Hawksbill Turtles: A Diet of Glass". Science. American Association for the Advancement of Science. 239 (4838): 393–395. doi:10.1126/science.239.4838.393. JSTOR 1700236. PMID 17836872. 
  3. ^ Nakamura, H. et al., Tetrahedron Lett., 1982, 5555