Sponge Guide

UNCW National Science Foundation Valdosta State University Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Observed Characteristics:


  • red
  • orange


  • encrusting


  • soft

Sample Locations:

  • Bahamas

Diplastrella sp.1

Notes: Thinly encrusting, soft, bright vermillion red with oscules and exhalant canals visible forming a star pattern. Skeleton as closely spaced brushes or erect tylostyles 240-520 by 5-11 µm, traversing a cortex of diplaster-like microscleres, 7.5-19 µm. It does not conform to the other Diplastrella species described for the Caribbean (D. megastellata Hechtel, 1965, not yet included here), but detailed comparisons with Timea species must be carried out. It si very similar in shape and color to Diplastrella sp. 2 (also pictured here), but lacks the oxyspheraster microscleres that the latter has.