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Phylum Porifera
Thorny stem sponge
Gelliodes fibulata*
Family Niphatidae
updated Oct 2016
Where seen? This sponge that looks like a cluster of thorny thick stems is sometimes seen on growing among living corals.

Features: A cluster of a few stems long (10-20cm), sparsely branched, cylindrical covered with small spiny 'thorns'. Many small holes unevenly scattered over the surface. Colour blue or greenish blue.

Sentosa Serapong, May 12

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

Thorny stem sponges on Singapore shores

Photos of Thorny stem sponges for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map

Kusu Island, Jun 12

Tuas, Mar 09

Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.

Beting Bemban Besar, Jun 09

Pulau Hantu, Jun 08
Photo shared by Tan Sijjie on flickr.



  • 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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