Sponge Guide

UNCW National Science Foundation Valdosta State University Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Observed Characteristics:


  • black


  • encrusting
  • papillated


  • tough

Sample Locations:

  • Bahamas

Cliona aprica

Notes: Excavating sponge. Fields of black papillae, often partly fused, level with the substratum, slightly elevated when relaxed. This sponge excavates the upper 1-2 cm of the substratum, filling cavities with a greenish yellow tissue. For distinction from other similar species see Zea & Weil (2003).

Author Reference: Pang, 1973


Link: World Porifera Database