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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Debitus’s tennis ball demosponge

Dragmacidon debitusae (Hooper & Lévi, 1993) (OTU QM1085) [Demospongiae, Halichondrida, Axinellidae] Massive, subspherical, attached to soft substrates, orange to orange-yellow alive, light brown preserved, oscules scattered over upper surface, with slightly raised membranous lip, texture soft, compressible, relatively easy to tear, fleshy external surface. So far known only from New Caledonia.

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