Sponge Guide

UNCW National Science Foundation Valdosta State University Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Observed Characteristics:


  • yellow
  • green
  • brown
  • pink-lilac
  • orange
  • cinnamon-tan


  • fan
  • vase


  • soft
  • tough

Sample Locations:

  • Bahamas

Verongula gigantea

Notes: Inverted cones with relatively thin walls, greenish to purplish in the outside, bright yellow inside, turning purple in air. Skeleton is a pithed spongin fiber network forming the walls of a honeycomb, which show on the surface. A sister species is V. reiswigi Alcolado, 1984 (also pictured in this catalogue), whose shape is that of a thick-walled barrel or jug.

Author Reference: (Hyatt, 1875)


Link: World Porifera Database