Sponge Guide

UNCW National Science Foundation Valdosta State University Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Observed Characteristics:


  • orange
  • cream


  • encrusting


  • soft

Sample Locations:

  • Bahamas

Chalinula zeae

Notes: Orange encrustation with a whitish, transparent skin; oscules and exhalant canals conform a star pattern in the surface. Could be easily confused with some Clathria species (order Poecilosclerida, family Microcionidae) except that it has oxeas as main spicules instead of styles or subtylostyles.

Author Reference: de Weerdt, 2000


Link: World Porifera Database