Sponge Guide

UNCW National Science Foundation Valdosta State University Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Observed Characteristics:


  • gray
  • yellow
  • green
  • pink-lilac
  • orange
  • cream
  • cinnamon-tan


  • fan
  • spherical
  • tube
  • vase


  • tough

Sample Locations:

  • Bahamas
  • Martinique
  • Netherland Antilles
  • Saint Eustatius
  • Saint Lucia
  • United States

Callyspongia vaginalis

Notes: Groups of cylindrical tubes, sometimes wider at the top, forming vases, grayish, pinkish, yellowish, with smooth conules. In the Florida Keys there are three co-existing morphotypes, gray, red, and yellow, which are not genetically distinct and appear to be the result of ecophenotypic plasticity due to some degree of ecological differentiation (see López-Legentil et al., 2010).

Author Reference: (Lamarck, 1814)


Link: World Porifera Database