Sponge Guide

UNCW National Science Foundation Valdosta State University Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Observed Characteristics:


  • white
  • brown
  • cream


  • lobate
  • massive
  • spherical


  • tough

Sample Locations:

  • Bahamas

Ircinia sp.-“tigrina morphotype”

Notes: Globular sponges with large and packed conules. Color usually creamy or grayish. Oscules are usually grouped on top, on a depression, but can conform scattered groups. There are often groups of pores on the sides of the sponge, but this may not be unique to this species. It is what Vacelet (1990) calls Ircinia sp. from St. Barthelemy, dubbed by him Ircinia “tigrina” (pers. comm.). It may also conform to what Rützler (1988) calls I. felix forma acuta (Duchassaing & Michelotti, 1864), although van Soest (1978) had considered it to be I. strobilina. It also needs to be compared with I. sergipana Sandes & Pinheiro, 2014 from Brazil.

Author Reference: (Lamarck, 1816)