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Phylum Porifera
Rainbow sponge
Suberites sp.*
Family Suberitidae
updated Oct 2016
Where seen? This smooth sponge that comes in various colours is sometimes common on our rocky Northern shores.

A thin layer encrusting hard surface covering 10-20cm. Sometimes with with irregular knobs, folds and lobes/fingers. Holes not obvious when the sponge is out of water. Texture glossy, rubbery and feels smooth and velvety. Comes in a very wide range of colours from black, grey, violet, red, orange, green, yellowish green and blue. Sometimes, several colours in one sponge. It is not clear what causes the colour variation.

Spongey home: A commensal barnacle (Acasta dofleini) is reportedly sometimes seen living in this sponge.

Pulau Ubin, Dec 09

Pulau Ubin, Dec 09

Pulau Ubin, Dec 09

Pulau Ubin, Dec 09

Changi, Jan 12

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

Rainbow sponges on Singapore shores

Photos of Rainbow sponges for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map

Sembawang, Dec 09
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.

Sembawang Beach, Sep 20
Photo shared by Marcus Ng on facebook.

Pulau Sekudu, Jun 15
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.



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