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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Concentric-cup demosponge

Cymbastela concentrica (Lendenfeld, 1887) (OTU QM0514) [Demospongiae, Halichondrida, Axinellidae) Known from Queensland, New South Wales, Tasmania and a few records from New Caledonia, this olive-brown to olive-green cup sponge has a distinctive growth form of concentric cups growing inside each other. Its colouration is predominantly due to chlorophyll pigments from its resident (symbiotic cyanobacteria.

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