Sponge Guide

UNCW National Science Foundation Valdosta State University Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Observed Characteristics:


  • orange


  • bushy
  • fan


  • tough

Sample Locations:

  • United States

Clathria (Clathria) foliacea

Notes: Orange-red bushes with fan-like folds. Could be confused with other bushy species with similar color such as Monanchora arbuscula (Duchassaing & Michelotti, 1864), also pictured here. Florida and Gulf of Mexico records of Clathria prolifera (Ellis & Solander, 1786) may be attributed to this species, which lives further north in the western Atlantic. For a redescription see Gómez (2014).

Author Reference: Topsent, 1889


Link: World Porifera Database