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Phylum Porifera
Orange prickly sponge
Mycale parishi*
Family Mycalidae
updated Oct 2016
Where seen? This pale to bright orange prickly sponge is sometimes seen on our Northern rocky shores and rubbly areas.

Usually about 8-10cm in area, with prickly surface, the sponge may be thinly encrusting or form upright branches up to 30cm long. With small holes (0.5cm) where water is expelled. Colour pale orange to bright reddish orange.

Bright orange sponges which are encrusting may come from a variety of species and families including Tedania sp. and Hymerhabdia sp. They are difficult to tell apart in the field.

Beting Bronok, Jul 13

Changi, Jul 13

Large hole where water is expelled.

Prickly surface.

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

Orange prickly sponges on Singapore shores

Photos of Orange prickly sponges for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map

Pulau Ubin OBS, Jan 16
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.


  • Mycale on SeaLife Base: technical fact sheets.
  • Mycale on the World Porifera Database.


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