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

Features: 10-15cm. The sponge is encrusting with knobs with large holes at the tips. Colour purple.

Chek Jawa, Aug 05

Tuas, Apr 05

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

Lumpy purple sponges on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores

Pulau Tekukor, Mar 24
Photo shared by Rachael Goh on facebook.

Terumbu Bemban, Jun 10
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his flickr.


  • 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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