Distribution of the Commensal Oyster, Ostrea permollis, and Its Host Sponge
Collection data indicate that Ostrea permollis Sowerby is essentially restricted to one species of sponge, Stelletta grubii Schmidt. The oyster-sponge association is common on rocky, sand, and sea grass bottom in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico. O. permollis has also been reported from North Carolina, where a population is thought to be disjunct. Factors that may limit distribution of the oyster-sponge association are mentioned.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 1964-01-01
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