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Phylum Porifera
Elegant branching sponge
Family Chalinidae
updated Oct 2016
Where seen? This elegant branching sponge is often seen on our Northern shores, growing on hard surfaces, including pipes, jetty legs, abandoned drums. Usually near the mid-water mark.

Features: The sponge looks like thin roots that spread out over a hard surface. Branches thin (about 2cm wide) tapering to points. Some have recessed holes along the length, others have spikes, knobs with large holes or short hollow tubes along the length. The entire sponge may cover an area of about 30cm. Colours bright light blue, bright purple or olive green. Sometimes bright yellow.

Changi, Jul 10

Chek Jawa, Jul 05

East Coast, Jun 06

Beting Bronok, May 03

Changi, May 06

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

Elegant branching sponges on Singapore shores

Photos of Elegant branching sponges for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map

Pulau Ubin OBS, Jan 16
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.


  • Haliclona on SeaLife Base: technical fact sheet.
  • Haliclona 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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