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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Western cup demosponge

Cymbastela vespertina Hooper & Bergquist, 1992 (OTU QM1055) [Demospongiae, Halichondrida, Axinellidae] Thin-walled, lamellate cup shaped sponges, with larger specimens consisting of 2-4 concentric cups inside each other, dark maroon brown to greyish purple alive, always evenly pigmented, dark brown or dark grey preserved, small pores scattered over surface of lamellae, firm, slightly compressible texture, surface optically smooth, microscopically microconulose. Nth and NW Australia.

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