Carnivorous ‘Harp Sponge’ Discovered



The Harp Sponge is the latest addition to the discoveries in the deep sea!

Carnivorous Harp Sponge found off the coast of California

Carnivorous Harp Sponge found off the coast of California

Scientists have discovered a new species of carnivorous sponge called Chondrocladia Lyra. Lyra is called the Harp Sponge because its basic structure, called a vane, is shaped like a harp or lyre. Each vane consists of a horizontal branch supporting several parallel, vertical branches. It was found off the coast of California at depths between 3,300 and 3,500 meters (10,800–11,500 feet).

In this video, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute expert describes the new found species. Read more on MBARI website.

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