Sponge Guide

UNCW National Science Foundation Valdosta State University Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Observed Characteristics:


  • black


  • encrusting


  • soft

Sample Locations:

  • Bahamas

Artemisina melana

Notes: Thin, soft black sheet; purple inside; stains the fingers purple. Could be confused with Iotrochota arenosa Rützler, Maldonado, Piantoni & Riesgo, 2007, also pictured here, which is always thicker and releases more mucus. It is also known as Artemisina nigra sensu Alcolado & Gotera, 1986.

Author Reference: van Soest, 1984


Link: World Porifera Database