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Phylum Porifera
'Roti jala' sponge
Terpios sp.*
Family Suberitidae
updated Oct 2016
Where seen? This bright orange jumble of tangled string-like sponge does indeed resemble a local favourite Roti Jala. It is sometimes seen on Beting Bronok.

Bright orange long skinny strings about 0.2cm in diameter, in a tangled jumble that may be 20cm wide. On rubbly areas or tangled on other encrusting organisms. Although the surface may appear smooth, it is rather rough. The strings are fragile.

Beting Bronok, Jul 13

Beting Bronok, Jul 13

Beting Bronok, Jul 13

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

'Roti jala' sponges on Singapore shores

Photos of 'Roti jala' sponges for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map


  • 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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