These distinctive coastal sponges are common around New Zealand. They live in shaded locations such as tidal caves and overhangs. About the size and shape of golf balls, the yellow–orange species is Tethya aurantium, and the pink species is Tethya ingalli. Both reproduce by budding – they send out narrow extensions from their lower bodies which develop new little sponges at their tips.
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