APHOTOMARINE

An educational resource dedicated mainly to the photography
and diversity of marine life that can be found in coastal waters
and intertidal areas of Great Britain and Ireland.

APHOTO Wildlife Stock Image Library
Sycon ciliatum (Fabricius, 1780) - Ciliated sponge (Sponge / Porifera images)
Ciliated sponge
Sycon ciliatum
- in lowershore pool 1

Ciliated sponge
Sycon ciliatum
- on rock / out of water 1

Ciliated sponge
Sycon ciliatum
- on rock / out of water 2

Ciliated sponge
Sycon ciliatum
- on rock / out of water 3

Ciliated sponge
Sycon ciliatum
- on rock / out of water 4

Ciliated sponge
Sycon ciliatum
- on rock / out of water 5

Ciliated sponge
Sycon ciliatum
- on rock / out of water 6

Ciliated sponge
Sycon ciliatum
- close-up / open mouth 1

Sponge spicules
Sycon ciliatum
- with 0.1mm division rule 1

Sponge spicules
Sycon ciliatum
- with 0.1mm division rule 2

The majority of images here were taken of the species on the lowershore at Spit Point, Par, near St. Austell, Cornwall, 05.03.10.

Scientific and European Names:
Sycon ciliatum, Ciliated sponge, Wimperkalkschwamm, Zakspons, Eponge petit oeuf, Sicon.

APHOTOMARINE supports open source data recording and sharing for the benefit of wildlife, recorders, research, science and education. The project recommends the following websites and works with the following bodies and organisations.

Sponges of Britain and Ireland Picton

A website based on Sponges of the British Isles 1992 Edition, revised and extended, 2007, by Bernard Picton, Christine Morrow & Rob van Soest. Without a shadow of a doubt the best online resource to sponges of Britain and Ireland.

Marine Biological Association MBA

The Marine Biological Association or MBA, based in Plymouth, is one of the world’s longest-running societies dedicated to promoting research into our oceans and the life they support. Since 1884 the MBA has been providing a unified, clear, independent voice on behalf of the marine biological community.It has a growing membership in over 40 countries.

CISFBR or Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation of Biological Recorders

The CISFBR or Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation of Biological Recorders is an independent umbrella organisation supporting independent recorders and recording groups in the county of Cornwall.

Cornish Biodiversity Network

The Cornish Biodiversity Network
or CBN is the largest open source wildlife database in Cornwall that sends open source data to the NBN (National Biodiversity Network). It is a new recording system based on the ERICA database, the largest recording resource in Cornwall. The CBN best supports the activities and needs of the independent recording community and recording groups in Cornwall.

NBN National Biodiversity Network

The National Biodiversity Network or NBN is a charity that supports open source data sharing and recording supporting conservation, science and education. "Why do recorders need open source?". Simply because it supports the core values of wildlife recording and the free use of records and data over a very wide network that includes partners like the Natural History Museum. The link here is to the NBN Atlas.The link here is to the NBN Atlas.

The taxonomy used here is based on that of the following database, which is also used by the MBA, NHM and the NBN.

World Register of Marine Species or WoRMS

The World Register of Marine Species or WoRMS.

Over 99% of the species records on APHOTOMARINE are open source but they are also copyright David Fenwick. Species records published on APHOTOMARINE may not be used on any database, list or distribution map, without a signed user agreement. Cornish records that appear on APHOTOMARINE are recorded using the ERICA database to benefit recording in Cornwall and scientific and historical recording in general. No financial benefit must be taken from any record produced by David Fenwick, records are of educational benefit only. Records by David Fenwick must ''never'' be financially traded.

Sycon ciliatum Ciliated Sponge Porifera Images
The main objective of this website is in furthering environmental awareness and education through the medium of photography. To increase awareness and access to the wildlife of the region and help
people find and identify it. Sometimes the difference between species is obvious but many species can only be determined by observing microscopic characteristics that are specific to any one species.