Sponge Gallery

Here are around 200 examples of the approximately 4600 species (OTUs) described in SpongeMaps. Click on a photograph to expand a brief summary of the species. Click onto the Go to link that takes you to a species page (either the Atlas of Living Australia or within SpongeMaps) that provides more in-depth information. If you want access to all species, sign-up as a Member. Enjoy!

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Three-chalice demosponge

Cymbastela tricalyciformis (Bergquist, 1970) (OTU QM3613) [Demospongiae, Halichondrida, Axinellidae) Originally described from New Zealand this species has recently been collected from Tasmania and submerged reefs on top of seamounts on the Norfolk Ridge. Shallow water species may have a mauve pigmentation due to the chlorophyll pigments from its symbiotic cyanobacteria whereas deeper water species may be colourless.

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