Sponge Guide

UNCW National Science Foundation Valdosta State University Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Observed Characteristics:


  • yellow
  • cream
  • orange-yellow


  • spherical


  • soft
  • tough

Sample Locations:

  • Bahamas

Cinachyrella kuekenthali

Notes: Previously placed under genus Cinachyra. Orange-yellow spheres with fouled surface. Surface hispid with erect spicules which may stick into diver’s fingers and gloves. Circular depresions are pore areas. Small individuals have a top oscule and equatorially placed pore areas. Larger specimens have oscules grouped in an upper depression and pore areas more randomly scattered throughout the surface. Cinachyrella alloclada (Uliczka, 1929) is another common species of this genus, but we were unable to find it or perhaps to distinguish it within our material. C. kuekenthali is distinguished mainly by having a category of small, crenulated oxea spicules.

Author Reference: (Uliczka, 1929)


Link: World Porifera Database