Gorgonocephalus - Astrospartus mediterraneus, a fantastic deep sea starfish, in a new design vitrine with grey lacquered wood base.
This one is taken from a deep of 90 meters of Capo Vado, Savona Italy. It is necessary a special technique to dry and to keep it in a perfect shape, turning it a highly decorative and curious species. Sometimes they are attached to sponges and deep water corals.
This species habits until deeps of 800-900 meters.
A giant size glass dome with a selection of nine superb Spondylus.
One Spondylus regius from Philippines, three Spondylus americanus from Brazil, one Spondylus gloriosus visayensis from Philippines, one Spondylus aurantius from Philippines, one Spondylus varius from Philippines and two Spondylus ictericus from Brazil.
This species of Spongia came from the Florida Keys.
It is a very healthy population once from many years they are fished commercially for bath sponges, these are special pieces turned into great decor objects. The sponges feed on microorganisms that they filter and their larvae are taken by the sea movements making them widespread. Taken by divers from 5 to 40 meters deep.
Giant Barrel Sponge (Xestospongia testudinaria) is a giant species of sponge found in the Indo-Pacific coral reefs. It commonly occurs at depths ranging from over 10 meters to 120 meters and can grow up to a diameter of 1.8 meters. The sponge typically exhibits a brownish-red to brownish-gray coloration, with a hard or stony texture. Due to its impressive size and estimated lifespan of hundreds to possibly thousands of years, the giant barrel sponge has earned the nickname "redwood of the reef." It displays a variable form, often appearing as a large, firm, barrel-shaped structure with a cone-shaped cavity at the top called the osculum. These sponges make beautiful decorative pieces. The specimen in question originates from Luzon, Philippines.