Sponge Guide

UNCW National Science Foundation Valdosta State University Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Observed Characteristics:


  • black


  • encrusting
  • massive


  • tough

Sample Locations:

  • Bahamas

Spongia “obscura” -“smooth”

Notes: Black, smooth mounds, often quite rounded but can be laterally expanded. Oscules scattered or aligned, with a conical collar. Interior color creamy. Fibers thicker than Spongia sp. “obscura”-“shaggy”, also pictured here. Definite identification pending.

Author Reference: (Hyatt, 1877)