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Phylum Porifera
Brownie sponge
Hyattella tubaria*
Family Spongiidae
updated Oct 2016
Where seen? This rather untidy sponge is sometimes seen on some of our Nothern and Southern shores.

Untidy lumpy mass, or thick irregular branches (10-15cm), porous. Surface lumpy and crumbly looking, resembling brownies. Colour greyish brown.

Terumbu Raya, Jul 12

Chek Jawa, Aug 13

*Species are difficult to positively identify without close examination.
On this website, they are grouped by external features for convenience of display.

Brownie sponges on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores

Pulau Semakau, Jul 24
Photo shared by Kelvin Yong on facebook.



  • Lim Swee Cheng, Nicole de Voogd and Tan Koh Siang. 2008. A Guide to Sponges of Singapore. Singapore Science Centre. 173pp.
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