Sponge Guide

UNCW National Science Foundation Valdosta State University Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Observed Characteristics:


  • gray


  • branching


  • soft

Sample Locations:

  • Bahamas

Niphates recondita

Notes: Erect, single stem-branch, crown by smaller branchelets. Color gray. Consistency soft, not easily torn. Oscules scattered or aligned on the major branch. Spicules are rather blunt oxeas, and sigmas. A possible junior synonim for this species is Gelliodes sosuae Pulitzer-Finali (1986), although in the WPD it has been synonymized toNiphates amorpha Wiedenmayer, 1977, also pictured here.

Author Reference: (Wiledenmayer, 1977)


Link: World Porifera Database