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Phylum Porifera
Blue encrusting prickly sponge
awaiting identification*
updated Oct 2016

Where seen? This pale blue prickly encrusting sponge is sometimes seen on our Southern shores, growing over coral rubble.

Small, covering an area of 10-15cm. Surface texture prickly, the prickles forming clusters or ridges. Some tiny holes sprinkled on the surface. Colours greyish blue to bright blue.

Are these young Silvery blue sponges (Lamellodysidea herbacea) that have yet to develop protruding portions?

Sentosa, Mar 07

Sentosa, Apr 07

Sentosa, Aug 04

Pulau Hantu, Feb 08

Pulau Salu, Aug 10

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

Blue encrusting prickly sponges on Singapore shores

Photos of Blue encrusting prickly sponges for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map

Terumbu Raya, Mar 16
Photo shared by Marcus Ng on facebook.

Terumbu Berkas, Jan 10

Pulau Sudong, Dec 09

Pulau Pawai, Sep 12

Pulau Biola, Dec 09

Photo shared by Jamed Koh on his flickr.
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