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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Southern Dragmacidon demosponge

Dragmacidon australe (Bergquist, 1970) (OTU QM0662) [Demospongiae, Halichondrida, Axinellidae] Thickly encrusting, irregular bulbous surface with tight low-set papillose projections on upper surface, bright red to orange red alive, oscules small, irregularly scattered with slightly raised oscular lip, texture harsh, compressible, spiky, surface highly papillose, roughened. Widespread throughout tropical Australasia, Indo-Malay and Micronesia regions.

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