The boring sponge is a thick, bright yellow sponge that grows on oyster reefs throughout the Chesapeake Bay.
The boring spong is bright yellow with small pores and a thick, encrusting form. It can grow to an area of several square feet.
Grow on oysters reefs and other mollusk colonies. Bore holes into oyster shells to find shelter inside the oysters.
Found throughout the Chesapeake Bay. May overwhelm some areas but not be present in other areas.
Boring sponges are filter feeders that draws in water through their tiny pores, filtering out plankton and other food particles.
These sponges reproduce both sexually and asexually. Asexual reproduction takes place when a fragment breaks off an adult sponge and buds into a new sponge. A sponge may also produce clusters of cells in autumn that develop into new sponges in spring. During sexual reproduction, eggs are fertilized within the sponge. Free-swimming larvae eventually settle to the bottom, where they find a hard surface to attach themselves to.