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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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Orange drinking cup demsponge

Cymbastela cantharella (Lévi, 1983) (OTU QM0914) [Demospongiae, Halichondrida, Axinellidae] Short erect cup-shaped sponge with thin lamellate walls, pale orange alive, beige preserved, oscules abundant throughout interior surface of lamellae producing concentric striations within interior of cup, firm, flexible, slightly compressible, surface of lamellae predominantly smooth with distinct differences between interior and exterior faces of the cup. Known only from New Caledonia and Vanuatu.

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