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Phylum Porifera
Colourful chimney sponge
Petrosia sp.*
Family Petrosiidae
updated Oct 2016
Where seen? This colourful sponge with short tubular chimneys is sometimes seen on some of our shores.

Ball shaped sponge 10-15cm, with regularly shaped chimneys about 1cm in diameter, 1-2cm tall. Orange, olive-yellow, brown.

Pulau Sekudu, May 12

Beting Bemban Besar, May 10

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

Colourful chimney sponges on Singapore shores

Photos of Colourful chimney sponges for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map

Berlayar Creek, Apr 23
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.

Terumbu Pempang Tengah, Apr 17
Photo shared by Russel Low on facebook.


  • Petrosia on SeaLife Base: technical fact sheet.
  • Petrosia on the World Porifera Database.


  • 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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