glass sponge

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Noun1.Glass sponge - a siliceous sponge (with glassy spicules) of the class Hyalospongiaeglass sponge - a siliceous sponge (with glassy spicules) of the class Hyalospongiae
parazoan, poriferan, sponge - primitive multicellular marine animal whose porous body is supported by a fibrous skeletal framework; usually occurs in sessile colonies
class Hyalospongiae, Hyalospongiae - sponges with siliceous spicules that have six rays; choanocytes are restricted to finger-shaped chambers
Venus's flower basket - a deep-water marine sponge having a cylindrical skeleton of intricate glassy latticework; found in the waters of the East Indies and the eastern coast of Asia
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This sudden expansion of a glass sponge is unprecedented," says Paul Dayton of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, Calif.
Glass sponge populations are booming in the Antarctic following the collapse of a 770 square mile ice shelf almost 20 years ago.
Venus's flower basket glass sponge These amazing structures from 1,000 metres down on the seabed prompted the question: how deep would the sea be if it weren't for sponges?
The solid framework used to encapsulate the bacteria is material that resembles a glass sponge.
4c), and the hexactinellid glass sponge Rhabdocalyptus sp.
To prevent such damage, the toucan adopts a strategy that's analogous to the layering of the glass sponge.
When liquid helium-3 is allowed to soak into a highly porous glass sponge, known as an aerogel (SN: 11/17/90, p.