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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Sinuous Axinella demosponge

Axinella sinoxea Alvarez & Hooper, 2009 (OTU QM0267) [Demospongiae, Halichondrida, Axinellidae] Stipitate flabellate fan with serrate digitate margins, orange alive, large oscules with stellate sculpturing on one side of the fan, texture firm but flexible, optically smooth surface, microscopically conulose, with special pore areas (stellate grooves). So far known only from northwest Australia (NT and WA), with one record from the GBR.

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