Sponge Guide

UNCW National Science Foundation Valdosta State University Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Observed Characteristics:


  • orange


  • encrusting
  • massive


  • soft

Sample Locations:

  • Bahamas
  • United States

Batzella rubra

Notes: Originally placed under genus Keratilum. Soft cushions with wide oscules on elevations. Orange to salmon skin; interior bright orange. Creamy, lighter colored stripes radiate from an equally lighter oscular rim. Spicules are straight strongyles to strongyloxeas, with one end slightly thicker, almost like a subtylostyle. This is most likely the same as Batzella rosea van Soest, 1984.

Author Reference: (Alcolado, 1984)


Link: World Porifera Database