Chondrilla nucula

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Chondrilla nucula
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Porifera
Class: Demospongiae
Subclass: Tetractinomorpha
Order: Chondrosida
Family: Chondrillidae
Genus: Chondrilla
Species: C. nucula
Binomial name
Chondrilla nucula
Schmidt, 1862

Chondrilla nucula, sometimes called the "Caribbean Chicken-liver sponge," is a sea sponge belonging to the phylum Porifera.

It is an amorphous shaped sponge that grows in flat, sometimes bulbous sheets in benthic communities. It is sometimes found in marginal, stressful systems such as caves. Such sponges are white, lacking access to sunlight, and photosymbionts. It is known to be preyed upon by the hawksbill turtle, Eretmochelys imbricata.[1]


  1. ^ 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.