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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Coral reef cup demosponge

Cymbastela coralliophila Hooper & Bergquist, 1992 (OTU QM0664) [Demospongiae, Halichondrida, Axinellidae] Large vase-shaped, cup-shaped or simply lamellate growth forms, typically mottled olive-brown or olive-green alive with maroon-brown tinge externally due to the presence of chlorophyll pigments, white when preserved, oscules very small, dispersed on tips of microconules, texture compressible, spongy, difficult to tear, surface optically smooth. Common in the Coral Sea.

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