Sponge Guide

UNCW National Science Foundation Valdosta State University Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Observed Characteristics:


  • gray
  • yellow
  • green
  • orange


  • branching
  • lobate


  • tough

Sample Locations:

  • Bahamas
  • Colombia

Suberites aurantiacus

Notes: Also placed under genus Terpios, and known also as Terpios zeteki de Laubenfels, 1936. Tangled, finger-shaped or lobular branches in lagoonal, usually brackish environments. Internal color can be orange to yellow, tinged in the surface with gray, green, purple tones. Wide and deep oscules on top and sides of branches. Upon handling, the skin retracts; the sponge then is reminiscent of a Codium green alga.

Author Reference: (Duchassaing & Michelotti, 1864)


Link: World Porifera Database