Sponge Guide

UNCW National Science Foundation Valdosta State University Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Observed Characteristics:


  • gray
  • green
  • brown
  • pink-lilac
  • purple-viole
  • cream
  • cinnamon-tan


  • branching


  • tough

Sample Locations:

  • Bahamas
  • Netherland Antilles

Aplysina cauliformis -“brown erect morphotype”

Notes: There are two clearly separable species, both ramose, within the name Aplysina cauliformis. This morphotype is erect, thick, brownish (sometimes greenish), in contrast to the thinner, lilac, usually creeping one. A valid name should be searched for in the old literature and collections.

Author Reference: (Carter, 1882)