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Phylum Porifera
Tangled sponge
Callyspongia samarensis*

Family Callyspongiidae
updated Oct 2016
Where seen? Appearing like a bunch of tangles, this sponge is sometimes seen on our Southern shores.

15-20cm long, 1cm in diameter. A clump 'stems' flatttened, slender (0.5cm), long and sparsely branched, often in a tangle. Small regular holes along the length. Colours bluish to olive green and yellowish green.

Pulau Semakau, May 08

Pulau Pawai, Dec 09

Pulau Hantu, Feb 06

Terumbu Raya, Mar 11
Photo shared by Russel Low on facebook.

Beting Bemban Besar, May 11
Photo shared by Russel Low on facebook.

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

Tangled sponges on Singapore shores

Photos of Tangled 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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