Larvae found in the colony from April to October.
CONSERVATION STATUS Not listed by the IUCN.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦
Leptoclinum commune Delia Valle, 1877, Naples Gulf, Italy.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
Colonial species with small (up to 1.2 in, or 3 cm, in diameter), red, encrusting colonies. Colony contains numerous minute calcareous spicules and feels hard to the touch. Very small zooids are completely embedded in the common test; numerous small openings of branchial siphons and several larger cloacal openings are seen on the colony surface.
European coasts of the Mediterranean Sea. HABITAT
Rocky bottoms at depths from 0 to 230 ft (0-70 m). Common below intertidal zone, crevices, and caves exposed to strong wave actions.
Sessile, attached, immobile species.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET Filter feeder.
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