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Phylum Porifera
Higgin's sponge
Higginsia sp.*
Family Heteroxyidae
updated Oct 2016
Where seen? This bright orange hairy sponge is sometimes seen at Beting Bronok off Pulau Tekong.

Fat but flattened leaf-like branches or lobes (10-15cm) covered with long thin stiff hairs that traps sediments so the sponge is often obscured. Colour uniform bright orange.

Beting Bemban Besar, May 11.


Covered with long thin stiff hairs.

Trapped sediments hides bright orange colour.

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

Higgin's sponges on Singapore shores

Photos of Higgin's sponges for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map



  • 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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