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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Aru Island Axinella demosponge

Axinella aruensis (Hentschel, 1912) (OTU QM0153) [Demospongiae, Halichondrida, Axinellidae] Palmate digitate fan, colour ranging from yellow, orange, red to brown, with a slimy very smooth surface optically, microscopically micropapillose, with stellate oscular openings on one side of the fan. Common on the northwest tropical and subtropical coasts, rare on the north east coast of Australia, with the type locality of Aru Island in southeast Indonesia.

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