Sponge Guide

UNCW National Science Foundation Valdosta State University Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Observed Characteristics:

Color:

  • cream

Morphology:

  • encrusting
  • fan

Consistency:

  • soft

Sample Locations:

  • Bahamas

Oscarella nathaliae

Notes: Extremely soft sheets, cream in color, semitransparent, inhabiting deep reef cave walls and overhangs. The sponge is only partly attached to the substratum, so that the edges are free. It is extremely difficult to collect as it virtually disintegrates upon handling. No spicules. It has also been pictured in Colin (1978) Caribbean reef invertebrate guide as Halisarca sp.

Author Reference: Ereskovsky, Lavrov & Willenz, 2014

 

Link: World Porifera Database