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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Prolific Axinella demosponge

Axinella proliferans Ridley, 1884 (OTU QM1873) [Demospongiae, Halichondrida, Axinellidae] Fan-shaped with lamellae in one plane, yellow alive, beige in ethanol, small oscules on margins of fan, firm but compressible texture, optically smooth but microscopically uneven surface with irregular conulose projections scattered. Uncommon, known only from the Indian Ocean (Seychelles) and Indo-west Pacific (Chuuk Atoll).

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