Sponge Guide

UNCW National Science Foundation Valdosta State University Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Observed Characteristics:


  • yellow
  • orange
  • orange-yellow


  • encrusting


  • crumbly
  • tough

Sample Locations:

  • Bahamas
  • Saint Lucia

Mycale laevis

Notes: Bright orange yellow crumbly masses filling crevices or growing below laminar corals; oscules and skin tend to be transparent. Bahamas specimens have as megasclere spicules strongyles instead of styles-subtylostyles of other areas; sometimes there are completely white specimens that nevertheless have been confirmed to belong to this species (data from Loh et al., 2010).

Author Reference: (Carter, 1882)


Link: World Porifera Database