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Phylum Porifera
Tubular sponge
Haliclona sp.*
Family Chalinidae
updated Oct 2016
Where seen? This tubular sponge is commonly seen on our undisturbed Northern shores, growing on coral rubble.

Features: The entire sponge 10-15cm wide with closely packed narrow hollow tubes (4-6cm tall about 1-2cm wide). In some, the tubes may have short spikes on the sides. A wide range of colours from beige, lemon yellow, pale to bright blue, pale green and purple.

Sometimes confused with Spiky tubular sponges (Gelliodes sp.) which have neat spikes regularly arranged around their hollow tubes forming a star-like shape around the large hole at the tibe of the tube.

Beting Bronok, May 06

Pulau Semakau, Jun 05

Chek Jawa, Apr 03

Beting Bronok, May 11

Beting Bronok, May 11

Beting Bronok, Aug 05

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

Tubular sponges on Singapore shores

Photos of Tubular sponges for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map

East Coast Park, Nov 16
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.


  • Haliclona on SeaLife Base: technical fact sheet.
  • Haliclona on the World Porifera Database.


  • 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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