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Haliclona aquaeductus Distribution

Brown tube sponge
Brauner Schlauchschwamm
Bruine buisspons
Eponge tubulaire brune
Esponja tubular maron
Spugna tubolare bruna
The temperate Atlantic
The Mediterranean
Surrounding and environment
General characteristics of the species
  • Diameter of the animal : 2 cm
  • Height of the animal : 8 cm
  • Relationship with humans

    Suberites sp Distribution

    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
    General characteristics of the species
    Relationship with humans

    Encrusting Form
    Aplysilla sulfurea Distribution

    Gelber Stachelschwamm
    Gele stekelspons
    Eponge jaune sulfureuse
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species is found in a sheltered zone
  • The species can be found between 0 and 320 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Diameter of the animal : 4 cm
  • The form is encrusting
  • The surface looks rough
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans

    Chondrilla nucula Distribution

    Chicken liver sponge;White encrusting sponge
    Weisser Krustenschwamm
    Witte korstspons
    Eponge encroûtante blanche, Chondrille
    Esponja blanca incrustante
    The tropical Atlantic
    The tropical Pacific
    The Red Sea
    The Indian Ocean
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species is found in a sheltered zone
  • The species can be found between 1 and 700 Meters
  • Common species.
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Diameter of the animal : 10 cm
  • The form is encrusting
  • The surface looks smooth
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Chemistry/pharmacy.

  • Chondrosia reniformis Distribution

    Kidney sponge
    Nierenschwamm
    Nierspons
    Eponge-rognon
    Patata de la mar
    Spugna patata
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species can be found between 1 and 30 Meters
  • Very common species.
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Diameter of the animal : 40 cm
  • Height of the animal : 5 cm
  • The form is encrusting
  • The surface looks smooth
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans

    Clathria venosa Distribution

    Orange veined encrusting sponge
    Orangefarbenerer Ader-Krustenschwamm
    Oranje aderige kortspons
    Eponge encroûtante veinée orange
    Esponja naranja incrustante venosa
    The tropical Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species is found in a sheltered zone
  • The species can be found between 7 and 35 Meters
  • Common species.
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Diameter of the animal : 30 cm
  • The form is encrusting
  • The surface looks veiny
  • Relationship with humans
    The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Cliona delitrix Distribution

    Red Boring sponge
    Roter Bohrschwamm
    Rode boorspons
    Eponge perforante rouge
    Esponja perforante roja
    The tropical Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is attached to a coral
  • The species can be found between 5 and 35 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Diameter of the animal : 35 cm
  • The form is encrusting
  • The surface looks rough
  • Chemically attacks the coral in order to inhabit the substrate
  • Relationship with humans

    Crambe crambe Distribution

    Orange-red encrusting sponge
    Orangeroter krusten-schwamm
    Oranjerode korstspons
    Eponge encroûtante orange-rouge
    Esponja encrostante anaranjada-roja
    Spugna dello spondillo
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species can be found between 1 and 30 Meters
  • Very common species.
  • Endemic species.
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Diameter of the animal : 100 cm
  • The form is encrusting
  • The surface looks veiny
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
    The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Dysidea avara Distribution

    Pink sponge
    Höhlenwächterschwamm
    Roze stekelspons
    Eponge cavernicole violette
    Esponja diside
    Disidea
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species is found in a sheltered zone
  • The species can be found between 5 and 40 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Diameter of the animal : 15 cm
  • The form is encrusting
  • The surface has a honey-combed aspect
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Chemistry/pharmacy.

  • Ectyoplasia ferox Distribution

    Brown encrusting octopus sponge
    Brauner Vulkan-Schwamm
    Bruine vulkaanspons
    Eponge pieuvre encroûtante
    Esponja pulpo incrustante;Carmelita de pulpo
    The tropical Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species can be found between 10 and 25 Meters
  • Common species.
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Diameter of the animal : 50 cm
  • The form is encrusting
  • The surface looks smooth
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is slightly irritant
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Chemistry/pharmacy.

  • Haliclona cratera Distribution

    Eponge orange muqueuse
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species can be found between 5 and 40 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • Endemic species.
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Diameter of the animal : 50 cm
  • The form is encrusting
  • The surface has a pock-marked aspect
  • Relationship with humans
    The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Hamigera hamigera Distribution

    Red encrusting sponge
    Roter Krusten-schwamm
    Donkerrode korstspons
    Eponge encroutante rouge
    Esponja encrostrante roja
    Spugna incrostante rossa
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species is found in a sheltered zone
  • The species can be found between 5 and 40 Meters
  • Rare species.
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Diameter of the animal : 30 cm
  • The form is encrusting
  • The surface has a pock-marked aspect
  • Relationship with humans

    Hemimycale columella Distribution

    Crater sponge
    Kraterschwamm
    Roze kraterspons
    Eponge à cratères
    Esponja con crateres
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species is found in a sheltered zone
  • The species can be found between 2 and 40 Meters
  • Common species.
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Diameter of the animal : 30 cm
  • The form is encrusting
  • The surface has a pock-marked aspect
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans

    Monanchora barbadensis Distribution

    Red veined encrusting sponge
    Roter Ader-Krustenschwamm
    Rode aderige kortspons
    Eponge encroûtante veinée rouge
    Esponja incrustante roja venosa
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species can be found between 8 and 25 Meters
  • Common species.
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Diameter of the animal : 25 cm
  • The form is encrusting
  • The surface looks veiny
  • Relationship with humans

    Mycale laevis Distribution

    Orange encrusting sponge; Orange icing sponge
    Orangefarbiger Angreiferschwamm
    Orange koraalspons
    Eponge envahissante orange
    Esponja invasora naranja
    The tropical Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is attached to a coral
  • The species can be found between 5 and 25 Meters
  • Common species.
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Diameter of the animal : 50 cm
  • The form is encrusting
  • The surface has a pock-marked aspect
  • Relationship with humans

    Mycale similaris Distribution

    Orange encrusting sponge
    Roter Krustenschwammen
    Oranjerode korstspons
    Eponge encroutante orange
    Esponja encostrante anaranjada
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species can be found between 1 and 30 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Diameter of the animal : 100 cm
  • The form is encrusting
  • The surface looks veiny
  • Relationship with humans
    The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Oscarella lobularis Distribution

    Flesh sponge
    Fleischschwamm
    Gelobde spons
    Eponge bleue
    Esponja azul
    Spugna viola
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species is found in a sheltered zone
  • The species can be found between 1 and 300 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Diameter of the animal : 30 cm
  • The form is encrusting
  • The surface looks smooth
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans

    Phorbas tenacior Distribution

    Bluish encrusting sponge
    Blauer Krustenschwamm
    Blauwige korstspons
    Eponge encroûtante bleuâtre
    Esponja encrostante azul
    Spugna incostante blu
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species is found in a sheltered zone
  • The species can be found between 1 and 40 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • Endemic species.
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Diameter of the animal : 15 cm
  • The form is encrusting
  • The surface looks veiny
  • Relationship with humans

    Pione vastifica Distribution

    Red boring sponge
    Roter Bohrsschwamm
    Eponge perforante rouge
    Esponja roja perforadora
    Pione rossa
    The tropical Pacific
    The Red Sea
    The Indian Ocean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species is found in a sheltered zone
  • The species can be found between 1 and 20 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Diameter of the animal : 100 cm
  • Height of the animal : 1 cm
  • The form is encrusting
  • The surface looks smooth
  • Chemically attacks the coral in order to inhabit the substrate
  • Relationship with humans
    The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Spirastrella coccinea Distribution

    Pink & red encrusting sponge
    Roter & Rosa Krustenschwamm
    Rode en roze korstspons
    Eponge encroûtante rouge et rose
    Esponja incrustante rojo y rosa
    The tropical Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species is found in a sheltered zone
  • The species can be found between 10 and 35 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Diameter of the animal : 100 cm
  • The form is encrusting
  • The surface looks smooth
  • Relationship with humans
    The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Spirastrella cunctatrix Distribution

    Encrusting orange sponge
    Orangefarbener Strahlenschwamm
    Eponge encroûtante orange
    Esponja incrustante naranja
    Spugna rossa
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species is found in a sheltered zone
  • The species can be found between 1 and 30 Meters
  • Very common species.
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Diameter of the animal : 100 cm
  • The form is encrusting
  • The surface looks veiny
  • Relationship with humans
    The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Tedania ignis Distribution

    Fire sponge
    Roter Feuerschwamm
    Rode vuurspons
    Eponge de feu rouge
    Esponja de fuego roja
    The tropical Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species can be found between 0 and 15 Meters
  • Common species.
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Diameter of the animal : 30 cm
  • The form is encrusting
  • The surface looks rough
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is very irritant
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Chemistry/pharmacy.

  • Ulosa ruetzleri Distribution

    Orange lumpy encrusting sponge
    Orangefarbenerer Klumpiges Krustenschwamm
    Oranje klonterige korstspons
    Eponge encroûtante grumeleuse orange
    Esponja incrustante aterronada anaranjada
    The tropical Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species can be found between 5 and 25 Meters
  • Common species.
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Diameter of the animal : 40 cm
  • The form is encrusting
  • The surface has a honey-combed aspect
  • Relationship with humans

    Tubular Form
    Agelas conifera Distribution

    Brown Tube Sponge
    Brauner Röhren-Schwamm
    Bruine buisspons
    Eponge tubulaire brune
    Esponja tubular marrón
    The tropical Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species is found on an overhang or along a hanging wall
  • The species can be found between 10 and 50 Meters
  • Common species.
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Height of the animal : 100 cm
  • The shape is tubular
  • The surface looks smooth
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Chemistry/pharmacy.

  • Aplysina fistularis Distribution

    Yellow tube sponge
    Gelber Röhrenschwamm
    Gele buisspons
    Eponge tubulaire jaune
    Esponja tubular amarilla
    Spugna tubulare gialla
    The tropical Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species can be found between 5 and 40 Meters
  • Very common species.
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Height of the animal : 120 cm
  • The shape is tubular
  • The surface looks rough
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Chemistry/pharmacy.

  • Aplysina archeri Distribution

    Stove-pipe Sponge
    Ofenrohr-Schwamm
    Paarse buisspons
    Eponge tuyau de poêle;Eponge tubulaire violette
    Esponja tubular violeta;Esponja conducto de estufa
    The tropical Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species is found on an overhang or along a hanging wall
  • The species can be found between 15 and 35 Meters
  • Common species.
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Height of the animal : 200 cm
  • The shape is tubular
  • The surface looks rough
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Chemistry/pharmacy.

  • Callyspongia siphonella Distribution

    Lilac tube-sponge
    Lila Röhrenschwamm
    Eponge tubulaire mauve
    Esponja tubular colonial
    Callispongia con tubo a sifone
    The Red Sea
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species is found on an overhang or along a hanging wall
  • The species can be found between 2 and 35 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • Endemic species.
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Diameter of the animal : 5 cm
  • Height of the animal : 80 cm
  • The shape is tubular
  • The surface looks rough
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Chemistry/pharmacy.

  • Callyspongia crassa Distribution

    Prickly tube-sponge
    Brauner Röhrenschwamm
    Stekelige buisspons
    Eponge tubulaire à épines
    Esponja tubular espinosa
    Callispongia con tubo ad aculei
    The tropical Pacific
    The Red Sea
    The Indian Ocean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species can be found between 5 and 30 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Height of the animal : 50 cm
  • The shape is tubular
  • The surface looks rough
  • Relationship with humans

    ehrenbergi Biemna Distribution

    Ehrenberg's boring sponge
    Ehrenberg - Becherschwamm
    Eponge perforante de Ehrenberg
    Esponja perforadora de Ehrenberg
    Biemna nera
    The Red Sea
    The Indian Ocean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on a sandy/silty seafloor
  • The species can be found between 0 and 10 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Height of the animal : 10 cm
  • The shape is tubular
  • The surface looks rough
  • Relationship with humans

    Guancha lacunosa Distribution

    Pedunculate Clathrina
    Gestielter Kalkgitterschwamm
    Gesteelde Clathrina
    Clathrine pédonculée
    Clatrina pedunculata
    Clathrina peduncolata
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species is found on an overhang or along a hanging wall
  • The species can be found between 5 and 100 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Diameter of the animal : 5 cm
  • Height of the animal : 5 cm
  • The shape is tubular
  • The surface looks veiny
  • Relationship with humans

    Haliclona mediterranea Distribution

    Pink tube sponge
    Rosa Zylinderschwamm
    Roze buisjesspons
    Eponge tubulaire rose
    Esponja tubo púrpura
    Spugna a canne d'organo
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species can be found between 10 and 50 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • Endemic species.
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Diameter of the animal : 20 cm
  • Height of the animal : 10 cm
  • The shape is tubular
  • The surface has a honey-combed aspect
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans

    Haliclona viscosa Distribution

    Purple volcano sponge
    Rosa Zylinderschwamm
    Roze schoorrnsteenspons
    Chaline à cheminées roses
    Esponja de chimenea rosada
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species is found in a sheltered zone
  • The species can be found between 0 and 50 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Diameter of the animal : 30 cm
  • Height of the animal : 5 cm
  • The shape is tubular
  • The surface looks rough
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Chemistry/pharmacy.
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Haliclona fascigera Distribution

    Large Tube-sponge
    Großer Röhrenschwamm
    Grande éponge tubulaire
    Esponja tubular grande
    Haliclona dal tubo largo
    The tropical Pacific
    The Red Sea
    The Indian Ocean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species can be found between 3 and 25 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Height of the animal : 80 cm
  • The shape is tubular
  • The surface looks rough
  • Relationship with humans

    Vase Form
    Callyspongia plicifera Distribution

    Azure vase sponge
    Azurblauer Vasen-Schwamm
    Fluorescerende buisspons
    Eponge tubulaire fluorescente
    Esponja de copa fluorescente
    The tropical Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species is found on an overhang or along a hanging wall
  • The species can be found between 6 and 30 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Height of the animal : 60 cm
  • The animal is vase-shaped
  • The surface has a honey-combed aspect
  • Relationship with humans

    Cribrochalina vasculum Distribution

    Brown bowl sponge
    Brauner Gefäss-Schwamm
    Bruine vaasspons
    Eponge vase brune
    Esponja vasija marrón; Carmelita hueca
    The tropical Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species can be found between 10 and 35 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Diameter of the animal : 60 cm
  • Height of the animal : 0 cm
  • The animal is vase-shaped
  • The surface looks rough
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Aquarium enthusiasts.
    - Chemistry/pharmacy.

  • Mycale laxissima Distribution

    Strawberry Vase Sponge
    Roter Gefäss-Schwamm
    Rode Vaasspons
    Eponge vase fraise
    Esponja vasija roja
    The tropical Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species is found on an overhang or along a hanging wall
  • The species can be found between 10 and 60 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Diameter of the animal : 0 cm
  • Height of the animal : 50 cm
  • The animal is vase-shaped
  • The surface looks rough
  • Relationship with humans

    Niphates digitalis Distribution

    Pink Vase Sponge
    Rosa Gefäss-Schwamm
    Rooskleurige vaasspons
    Eponge vase rose
    Esponja vasiforme rosada
    The tropical Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species can be found between 8 and 25 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Height of the animal : 40 cm
  • The animal is vase-shaped
  • The surface has a honey-combed aspect
  • Relationship with humans

    Sycon ciliatum Distribution

    Ciliated sponge
    Wimperkalkschwamm
    Zakspons
    Eponge petit œuf
    Sicon
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species is found in a sheltered zone
  • The species can be found between 0 and 100 Meters
  • Common species.
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Diameter of the animal : 1 cm
  • Height of the animal : 5 cm
  • The animal is vase-shaped
  • The surface looks rough
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
    The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Theonella swinhoei Distribution

    Swinhoe's sponge
    Wurzelschwamm
    Eponge de Swinhoe
    Esponja de Swinhoe
    Spugna di Swinhoe
    The tropical Pacific
    The Red Sea
    The Indian Ocean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species can be found between 0 and 20 Meters
  • Common species.
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Diameter of the animal : 30 cm
  • Height of the animal : 30 cm
  • The animal is vase-shaped
  • The surface looks rough
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Chemistry/pharmacy.

  • Verongula gigantea Distribution

    Netted barrel sponge
    Netzfömiges Fass-Schwamm
    Opgeleverd vatspons
    Eponge barrique réticulée
    Esponja barril reticulada
    The tropical Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species is found on an overhang or along a hanging wall
  • The species can be found between 10 and 40 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Height of the animal : 150 cm
  • The animal is vase-shaped
  • The surface has a honey-combed aspect
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
    The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Xestospongia muta Distribution

    Giant barrel sponge
    Riesentonnen-Schwamm
    Reuzen-tonspons
    Eponge-barrique géante
    Esponja tonel gigante
    The tropical Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species is found on an overhang or along a hanging wall
  • The species can be found between 10 and 80 Meters
  • Common species.
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Height of the animal : 200 cm
  • The animal is vase-shaped
  • The surface looks rough
  • Relationship with humans

    Xestospongia testudinaria Distribution

    Barrel-sponge
    Großer Vasenschwamm
    Tonspons
    Eponge-barrique
    Esponja barril
    Spugna barile del Mar Rosso
    The tropical Pacific
    The Red Sea
    The Indian Ocean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species can be found between 0 and 50 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Diameter of the animal : 100 cm
  • Height of the animal : 100 cm
  • The animal is vase-shaped
  • The surface looks rough
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Chemistry/pharmacy.
    Used in the clothing, footwear or crafts industries for the manufacture of articles (jewellery, etc.).
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Branching Form
    Aplysina cauliformis Distribution

    Row pore rope sponge
    Reihenporen-Seilschwamm
    Opeenvolgende-openingen touwspons
    Eponge-corde à pores alignés
    Esponja de poros alineados
    The tropical Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species is found on an overhang or along a hanging wall
  • The species can be found between 10 and 45 Meters
  • Common species.
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Height of the animal : 250 cm
  • The animal is branch-shaped
  • The surface looks smooth
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
    The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Aplysina fulva Distribution

    Scattered pore rope sponge
    Poriger Seilschwamm
    Verstrooide-openingen touwspons
    Eponge-corde à pores éparpillés
    Esponja-cuerda de poros
    The tropical Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species is found on an overhang or along a hanging wall
  • The species can be found between 3 and 45 Meters
  • Common species.
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Height of the animal : 200 cm
  • The animal is branch-shaped
  • The surface looks smooth
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
    The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Aplysina aerophoba Distribution

    Golden sponge
    Farbwechselnder Zylinderschwamm
    Goudspons
    Vérongia
    Verongia
    Verongia
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species can be found between 1 and 30 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Diameter of the animal : 60 cm
  • Height of the animal : 20 cm
  • The animal is branch-shaped
  • The surface looks smooth
  • Relationship with humans

    Aplysina cavernicola Distribution

    Yellow cave-sponge
    Gelber Höhlen-schwamm
    Gele grottenspons
    Eponge cavernicole jaune
    Verongia cavernicola
    Spugna cavernicola gialla
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species is found in a sheltered zone
  • The species can be found between 5 and 70 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • Endemic species.
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Height of the animal : 30 cm
  • The animal is branch-shaped
  • The surface looks smooth
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Chemistry/pharmacy.

  • Axinella polypoides Distribution

    Common antlers sponge
    Löchriger Geweihschwamm
    Vertakt geweispons
    Axinelle commune
    Esponja cornuda común
    Spugna Alberello
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species is found in a sheltered zone
  • The species can be found between 15 and 100 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Height of the animal : 70 cm
  • The animal is branch-shaped
  • The surface looks rough
  • Relationship with humans
    The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Axinella verrucosa Distribution

    Mediterranean mermaids glove
    Lamellengeweihschwamm
    Axinelle verruqueuse
    Esponja verrugosa
    Spugna verrucosa
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species can be found between 10 and 75 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Height of the animal : 15 cm
  • The animal is branch-shaped
  • The surface looks smooth
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Chemistry/pharmacy.
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Axinella damicornis Distribution

    Elk horn sponge
    Lamellengeweihschwamm
    Ruwe geweispons
    Axinelle plate
    Esponja de cuernos de gamo
    Spugna corna di daino
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species is found in a sheltered zone
  • The species can be found between 2 and 30 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Diameter of the animal : 15 cm
  • Height of the animal : 10 cm
  • The animal is branch-shaped
  • The surface looks rough
  • Relationship with humans

    Axinella dissimilis Distribution

    Yellow antlers sponge
    Gelber Geweihschwamm
    Platte geweispons
    Axinelle étoilée
    Axinella amarilla
    The temperate Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species can be found between 2 and 30 Meters
  • Common species.
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Height of the animal : 20 cm
  • The animal is branch-shaped
  • The surface looks smooth
  • Relationship with humans
    The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Clathrina clathrus Distribution

    Yelow Clathrina
    Gelber-Gitterkalkschwamm
    Gele traliekalkspons
    Clathrine jaune
    Clathrina amarilla
    Clatrina gialla
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species is found in a sheltered zone
  • The species can be found between 1 and 50 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Diameter of the animal : 10 cm
  • The animal is branch-shaped
  • The surface looks smooth
  • Relationship with humans
    The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Desmapsamma anchorata Distribution

    Lumpy overgrowing sponge
    Aufsitzer-Schwamm
    Bedekkende spons
    Eponge recouvrante
    Esponja recubriente
    The tropical Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on a sandy/silty seafloor
  • The species can be found between 1 and 25 Meters
  • Common species.
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Diameter of the animal : 40 cm
  • The animal is branch-shaped
  • The surface looks rough
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Chemically attacks the coral in order to inhabit the substrate
  • Relationship with humans
    The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Guancha lacunosa Distribution

    Pedunculate Clathrina
    Gestielter Kalkgitterschwamm
    Gesteelde Clathrina
    Clathrine pédonculée
    Clatrina pedunculata
    Clathrina peduncolata
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species can be found between 5 and 220 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Diameter of the animal : 5 cm
  • The animal is branch-shaped
  • The surface looks smooth
  • Relationship with humans

    Haliclona oculata Distribution

    Mermaid’s Glove
    Geweihschwamm
    Geweispons
    Chaline
    Esponja ramificada
    The temperate Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species can be found between 2 and 100 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Height of the animal : 35 cm
  • The animal is branch-shaped
  • The surface looks smooth
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans

    Iotrochota birotulata Distribution

    Green finger sponge
    Grüner Finger-Schwamm
    Groene vingerspons
    Eponge digitée verte
    Esponja dedos verdes
    The tropical Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species is found on an overhang or along a hanging wall
  • The species can be found between 5 and 20 Meters
  • Common species.
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Height of the animal : 100 cm
  • The animal is branch-shaped
  • The surface looks rough
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Chemistry/pharmacy.

  • Ptilocaulis sp Distribution

    Red-orange branching sponge
    Roter-Orange Verzweigter Schwamm
    Rood-oranje vertakkende spons
    Eponge ramifiée rouge orange
    Roja naranja
    The tropical Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species can be found between 12 and 25 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Height of the animal : 45 cm
  • The animal is branch-shaped
  • The surface looks rough
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
    The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Massive Form
    Acanthella acuta Distribution

    Orange lumpy sponge
    Stachelschwamm
    Oranje stekelspons
    Eponge épineuse orange
    Acanthella
    Acantella
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species can be found between 5 and 40 Meters
  • Common species.
  • Endemic species.
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Diameter of the animal : 10 cm
  • The animal is in the form of a mass
  • The surface looks rough
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans

    Agelas oroides Distribution

    Orange Agelas
    Orangefarbige Agelas
    Oranje Agelas
    Agélas orangée
    Agelas naranjada
    Agelas aranciata
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species is found in a sheltered zone
  • The species can be found between 1 and 50 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Diameter of the animal : 20 cm
  • The animal is in the form of a mass
  • The surface looks smooth
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Chemistry/pharmacy.
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Cacospongia scalaris Distribution

    Eponge cornée noire
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species can be found between 1 and 250 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Diameter of the animal : 20 cm
  • The animal is in the form of a mass
  • The surface looks rough
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Chemistry/pharmacy.
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Cinachyrella alloclada Distribution

    Orange ball sponge
    Orangefarbiger Kugelschwamm
    Oranje bol-spons
    Eponge-boule orange
    Esponja bola naranja
    The tropical Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species is found in a sheltered zone
  • The species can be found between 5 and 35 Meters
  • Common species.
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Diameter of the animal : 20 cm
  • The animal is in the form of a mass
  • The surface is covered with algae
  • Relationship with humans
    The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Cliona celata Distribution

    Yellow boring sponge
    Gelber Bohrschwamm
    Boorspons
    Clione jaune
    Cliona amarilla
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species can be found between 0 and 200 Meters
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Diameter of the animal : 60 cm
  • The animal is in the form of a mass
  • The surface has a pock-marked aspect
  • Chemically attacks the coral in order to inhabit the substrate
  • Relationship with humans

    Ircinia strobilina Distribution

    Grey ball-sponge; black ball-sponge; cake sponge
    Grauer Kugelschwamm
    Grijze balspons
    Eponge-boule grise; Eponge-balle noire
    Esponja bola gris
    The tropical Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species can be found between 1 and 80 Meters
  • Common species.
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Diameter of the animal : 60 cm
  • The animal is in the form of a mass
  • The surface looks rough
  • Relationship with humans
    The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Ircinia felix Distribution

    Stinker Sponge
    Stinkschwamm
    Stinkspons
    Eponge puante
    Esponja apestosa
    The tropical Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species can be found between 0 and 100 Meters
  • Common species.
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Diameter of the animal : 35 cm
  • The animal is in the form of a mass
  • The surface looks rough
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Chemistry/pharmacy.

  • Ircinia oros Distribution

    Grauer-Lederschwamm
    Ircinia sombre
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • Very common species.
  • Endemic species.
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Diameter of the animal : 15 cm
  • The animal is in the form of a mass
  • The surface looks rough
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Chemistry/pharmacy.
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Ircinia fasciculata Distribution

    Stinker Sponge
    Krustenlederschwamm
    korstvormige lederspons
    Ircinia fibreuse
    Esponja catedral
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species is found in a sheltered zone
  • The species can be found between 1 and 70 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Diameter of the animal : 30 cm
  • The animal is in the form of a mass
  • The surface looks rough
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Chemistry/pharmacy.
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Spongia officinalis Distribution

    Bath sponge
    Badeschwamm
    Badspons
    Eponge de toilette
    Esponja de baño
    Spugna da bagno
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species can be found between 5 and 75 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • Endemic species.
  • General characteristics of the species
  • The animal is in the form of a mass
  • The surface looks rough
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    Used in the clothing, footwear or crafts industries for the manufacture of articles (jewellery, etc.).
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Spongia agaricina Distribution

    Elephant ear
    Elephantenohr-Schwamm
    Olifantenoor spons
    Oreille d'éléphant
    Oreja de elefante
    Orecchie d?elefante
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species can be found between 5 and 120 Meters
  • Common species.
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Diameter of the animal : 100 cm
  • The animal is in the form of a mass
  • The surface looks smooth
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    Used in the clothing, footwear or crafts industries for the manufacture of articles (jewellery, etc.).
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Suberites ficus (domuncula) Distribution

    Sulphur sponge ; hermit sponge
    Einsiedler-Korkschwamm ; Feigenschwamm
    Vijgspons
    Orange de mer ; Subérite figue
    Esponja del ermitaño
    Spugna del paguro
    The tropical Atlantic
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species can be found between 1 and 1000 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Diameter of the animal : 40 cm
  • The animal is in the form of a mass
  • The surface looks smooth
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Chemistry/pharmacy.

  • Tethya aurantia Distribution

    orange puffball sponge
    Meerorange
    Zeesinasappel
    Orange de mer
    Naranja de mar
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species is found in a sheltered zone
  • The species can be found between 0 and 130 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Diameter of the animal : 10 cm
  • The animal is in the form of a mass
  • The surface looks rough
  • Relationship with humans

    Inflectional Form
    Agelas clathrodes Distribution

    Orange rubber sponge; Orange elephant ear sponge
    Elefantenhr-Schwamm
    Orange rubberspons
    Eponge cahoutchoutée orange; Eponge oreille d'éléphant
    Esponja naranja de goma
    The tropical Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species is found on an overhang or along a hanging wall
  • The species can be found between 10 and 40 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Diameter of the animal : 180 cm
  • The shape is extremely variable
  • The surface has a pock-marked aspect
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Aquarium enthusiasts.

  • Aiolochroia crassa Distribution

    Yellow branching tube sponge
    Gelber Verzweigter Röhrenschwamm
    Gele vertakte buisspons
    Eponge tubulaire ramifiée jaune
    Esponja tubular ramificada amarilla
    The tropical Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species can be found between 7 and 30 Meters
  • Very common species.
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Height of the animal : 60 cm
  • The shape is extremely variable
  • The surface looks rough
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Chemistry/pharmacy.

  • Aka coralliphaga Distribution

    Yellow boring sponge; variable boring sponge
    Gelber Bohrschwamm
    Gele boorspons
    Eponge perforante jaune
    Esponja perforante amarilla
    The tropical Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is attached to a coral
  • The species can be found between 10 and 45 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Diameter of the animal : 30 cm
  • Height of the animal : 10 cm
  • The shape is extremely variable
  • The surface looks veiny
  • Chemically attacks the coral in order to inhabit the substrate
  • Relationship with humans

    Callyspongia vaginalis Distribution

    Gray branching vase sponge
    Grauer Verzweigter Röhrenschwamm
    Grijze vertakte buisspons
    Eponge-tube ramifiée grise
    Esponja de copa;Esponja jarrón ramificado
    The tropical Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species is found on an overhang or along a hanging wall
  • The species can be found between 2 and 20 Meters
  • Common species.
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Height of the animal : 120 cm
  • The shape is extremely variable
  • The surface looks rough
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans

    Crella cyathophora Distribution

    Honeycomb sponge
    WarzenschwammWarzenschwamm
    Eponge-ruche
    Esponja panal
    Crella
    The Red Sea
    The Indian Ocean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species is found in a sheltered zone
  • The species can be found between 1 and 20 Meters
  • Common species.
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Diameter of the animal : 30 cm
  • The shape is extremely variable
  • The surface has a pock-marked aspect
  • Lives in partnership with algae
  • Relationship with humans

    Ircinia variabilis Distribution

    Stinker sponge
    Krustenlederschwamm
    Ircinie variable
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species can be found between 1 and 30 Meters
  • Common species.
  • General characteristics of the species
  • The shape is extremely variable
  • The surface looks rough
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Chemistry/pharmacy.

  • Mycale fistulifera Distribution

    Polyp sponge
    Eponge rouge à polypes
    Pólipo esponja
    The Red Sea
    The Indian Ocean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species can be found between 0 and 20 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Diameter of the animal : 40 cm
  • The shape is extremely variable
  • The surface has a pock-marked aspect
  • Relationship with humans

    Neofibularia nolitangere Distribution

    Touch-me-not sponge
    "Rühr-mich-nicht-an"-Schwamm
    "Raak-me-niet-aan"spons
    Eponge "ne me touche pas"
    Esponja "no-me-toques"
    The tropical Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species can be found between 1 and 45 Meters
  • Common species.
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Diameter of the animal : 120 cm
  • The shape is extremely variable
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is irritant

  • Pachymatisma johnstonia Distribution

    Elephant's hide sponge
    Elefantenhautschwamm
    Olifantshuidspons
    Fesse d'éléphant
    Esponja de piel de elefante
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species can be found between 1 and 300 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Diameter of the animal : 40 cm
  • The shape is extremely variable
  • The surface looks smooth
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Chemistry/pharmacy.

  • Pachymatisma johnstonia Distribution

    Elephant's hide sponge
    Elefantenhautschwamm
    Olifantshuidspons
    Fesse d'éléphant
    Esponja de piel de elefante
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species can be found between 1 and 300 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Diameter of the animal : 40 cm
  • The shape is extremely variable
  • The surface looks smooth
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Chemistry/pharmacy.

  • Petrosia ficiformis Distribution

    Stony sponge
    Feigenschwamm
    Harde vijgspons
    Eponge-pierre
    Esponja de pedra
    Spugna petrosia
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species is found in a sheltered zone
  • The species can be found between 5 and 50 Meters
  • Common species.
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Diameter of the animal : 50 cm
  • The shape is extremely variable
  • The surface looks rough
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans

    Spheciospongia vesparium Distribution

    Loggerhead sponge
    Wespennest-Schwamm
    Wespennest-spons
    Eponge nid-de-guêpes; Eponge tête de bois
    Nido de avispas
    The tropical Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species can be found between 2 and 60 Meters
  • Common species.
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Diameter of the animal : 150 cm
  • Height of the animal : 100 cm
  • The shape is extremely variable
  • The surface has a pock-marked aspect
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is irritant
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Chemistry/pharmacy.

  • Stylissa carteri Distribution

    Carter's fan sponge
    Eponge acanthelle
    The tropical Pacific
    The Red Sea
    The Indian Ocean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species develops on the reef
  • The species can be found between 5 and 60 Meters
  • Uncommon Species
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Diameter of the animal : 50 cm
  • The shape is extremely variable
  • The surface looks rough
  • Relationship with humans

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