Sponge Guide

UNCW National Science Foundation Valdosta State University Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Observed Characteristics:


  • pink-lilac
  • orange


  • massive
  • tube


  • tough

Sample Locations:

  • Bahamas

Xestospongia deweerdtae “free living”

Notes: Pinkish to orange thick encrustations with volcano-shaped oscules. Consistency firmy compressible, crumbly. Spicules are perfect strongyles 325-400 x 10-20 µm arranged in the ectosome as a tangential unispicular reticulation, and in the choanosome as multispicular reticulation.

Author Reference: Lehnert & van Soest, 1999


Link: World Porifera Database