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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Orange thistle-fan demosponge

Phakellia carduus (Lamarck, 1814) (OTU QM0107) [Demospongiae, Halichondrida, Axinellidae] Digitate thin fan with short holdfast, orange alive, pale or light brown preserved, texture firm, harsh, flexible, surface ornamentation macroscopically even, microscopically conulose. Uncommon in the Indo-west Pacific.

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