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Phylum Porifera
Lumpy pink sponge
Haliclona cf. baeri*
Family Chalinidae
updated Oct 2016
Where seen? This brightly coloured sponge is commonly on many of our shores, growing on rocky shores near the low water mark, as well as coral rubble near reefs.

Features: 10-15cm in diameter, may be encrusting on rocks or forming small clumps. Clusters of knobs with large deep holes at the tips. In some, the knobs can be rather tall so they are tubular. May also form short branches. Texture rather smooth. Colours bright pink to carmine red.

Looks similar to the Thick pink sponge which has shallow holes, a rougher texture and may form upright shapes. It is usually a dusky rose or greyish pink.

Pulau Sekudu, Aug 04

Beting Bemban Besar, Apr 10

Chek Jawa, Jun 06

Pulau Semakau, Jan 05

Beting Bronok, Aug 06

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

Lumpy pink sponges on Singapore shores

Photos of Lumpy pink sponges for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map

Terumbu Berkas, Jan 10

Terumbu Bemban, Apr 11

Terumbu Raya, Aug 14
Photo shared by Jianlin Liu on facebook.



  • 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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