Sponge Guide

UNCW National Science Foundation Valdosta State University Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Observed Characteristics:


  • brown


  • massive
  • spherical


  • tough

Sample Locations:

  • Bahamas

Stelletta pudica

Notes: Originally described under genus Jaspis. Spherical to massive sponge with often one central or lateral oscule, and sometimes several ones scattered; color cream with browish tinges, but difficult to distinguish owing to a heavy fouling. Unfouled specimens are reddish brown. Megasclere spicules are long oxeas in primary tracts. Microsclere spicules are tiny tylasters, sometimes scarce and difficult to locate. The identification of one of our specimens was confirmed by Paco Cárdenas, who has been revising the genus.

Author Reference: (Wiedenmayer, 1977)


Link: World Porifera Database