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NOAA Photo Library Image - reef3861

Some sponges, like this vase sponge (Callyspongia plicifera), do not host a microbial community that is substantially different from that found in the surrounding water column. Other sponges contain microorganisms that are not commonly found in the water and they are considered bacteriosponges.

Image ID: reef3861, NOAA's Coral Kingdom Collection
Location: Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands
Photo Date: 2007 May 25
Credit: Twilight Zone Expedition Team 2007, NOAA-OE

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