Distribution of the Commensal Oyster, Ostrea permollis, and Its Host Sponge
Abstract: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.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: January 1, 1964
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