Sponge Guide

UNCW National Science Foundation Valdosta State University Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Observed Characteristics:


  • pink-lilac
  • orange
  • cream


  • branching
  • lobate
  • tube


  • soft

Sample Locations:

  • Bahamas
  • Colombia
  • United States

Desmapsamma anchorata

Notes: Also known as Holopsamma helwigi de Laubenfels, 1936. Soft pinkish masses with or without branches; oscules scattered and usually elevated on volcano-like mounds; skin is creamy-white and contrasts with the strong orange of the interior tissue. When handled it releases abundant mucus. Bahamas populations do not have microsclere spicules. Spicules of Florida photos were not examined.

Author Reference: (Carter, 1882)


Link: World Porifera Database