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Phylum Porifera
Lumpy green sponge
Haliclona sp.*
Family Chalinidae
updated Oct 2016
Where seen? This green sponge is commonly seen on our Northern shores, growing on coral rubble.

Features: 10-15cm. The sponge is encrusting with knobs with large holes at the tips. In some, the knobs can be rather tall so they are tubular, and are close to one another. In others, the knobs are low and spaced far apart. Colour pale green to olive.

Another sponge that looks similar is Mycale crassissima which is light green, almost flourescent forming cushions with slightly raised large holes. It is sometimes seen on reefs on our Southern shores.

Pulau Sekudu, Apr 06

Chek Jawa, Jun 06

Tuas, Jul 06

Tuas, Nov 03

Pulau Sekudu, Jul 06

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

Lumpy green sponges on Singapore shores

Photos of Lumpy green sponges for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map


  • 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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