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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Beautiful rhaphoxyid demosponge

Pararhaphoxya pulchra (Brøndsted, 1924) (OTU QM2637) [Demospongiae, Halichondrida, Axinellidae] Branching cylindrical digits on a short basal holdfast attached to the substrate, oscules rare and very small, pale orange brown alive, pale brown preserved, firm but flexible texture, surface optically flaccid in life, microscopically villose. Known only from the North Island of New Zealand.

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