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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Olive green stalked cup demosponge

Cymbastela stipitata (Bergquist & Tizard, 1967) (OTU QM0005) [Demospongiae, Halichondrida, Axinellidae] This species is thought to be endemic to northern Australia. It is characteristically found in high energy sedimented environments such as reef flats and shallow subtidal reefs. Its green colouration is probably due to the chlorophyll pigments from its resident (symbiotic) cyanobacteria.

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