Sponge Guide

UNCW National Science Foundation Valdosta State University Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Observed Characteristics:


  • black


  • encrusting
  • papillated


  • soft

Sample Locations:

  • Bahamas

Haliclona (Soestella) ?melana

Notes: The only individuals seen were black tangled thin branches partly buried in sand. Only black oscular fistules were visible in the sandy bottom of tidal lagoonal channels. Species originally described from Brazil. Spicules are oxea 150-210 µm. The ectosome is an unispicular tangential reticulation. The present material conforms to some of the variation described. Confirmation of species identity needs further material and comparisons.

Author Reference: Muricy & Ribeiro, 1999


Link: World Porifera Database