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Glass Sponge Reef (Biotic Group)

Component: Biotic

Unique Identifier: 502

Biotic Setting Benthic/Attached Biota
Biotic Class Reef Biota
Biotic Subclass Glass Sponge Reef Biota
Biotic Group Glass Sponge Reef
Biotic Community Hexactinosida Reef

Definition Areas dominated by one or more of the three species of glass sponges that appear to be the primary contributors to the framework of extant glass sponge reefs: Heterochone calyx, Aphrocallistes vastus, and Farrea occa. See Figure 8.8 for an example of a Glass Sponge Reef.