Sponge Guide

UNCW National Science Foundation Valdosta State University Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Observed Characteristics:


  • white
  • black
  • brown
  • orange
  • cream
  • cinnamon-tan


  • encrusting
  • massive
  • spherical
  • vase


  • tough

Sample Locations:

  • Bahamas
  • Colombia

Chondrosia “reniformis”

Notes: Brown to blackish masses, sometimes with whitish spots; cave specimens may be light brown. Surface convoluted and shiny; oscules large and deep (sometimes not present). Consistency very tough and rubbery, owing to a strong and thick cartilaginous cortex. It does not have spicules. The name C. reniformis Nardo, 1847 is from The Mediterranean and thus the Caribbean material possibly needs a new name.

Author Reference: Nardo, 1847


Link: World Porifera Database