Sponge Guide

UNCW National Science Foundation Valdosta State University Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Observed Characteristics:


  • orange


  • encrusting
  • lobate
  • massive
  • spherical


  • tough

Sample Locations:

  • Bahamas
  • Netherland Antilles

Agelas sventres

Notes: Orange, football shaped to crevice filling with lobate outgrowths; round oscules with a collar. Areas with fields of pores. Previous authors called it an orange morphotype of Agelas dispar (Duchassaing & Michelotti, 1864). It can be confused with small Agelas clathrodes (Schmidt, 1870), also pictured here. A. sventres usually has softer, cavernous lobes crown with holes or oscules. Spicules are acanthostyles.

Author Reference: Lehnert & van Soest, 1996


Link: World Porifera Database