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Phylum Porifera
Spiky tubular sponge
Gelliodes sp.*
Family Niphatidae
updated Oct 2016
Where seen? This tubular with spikes sponge is sometimes seen on Beting Bronok.

Features: A neat small bush (about 20cm) with closely packed narrow tubes (about 1-2cm wide) regularly ringed with large neat spikes, forming a star-like shape around the large hole at the tip of the tube. There is a transparent 'lip' around the hole which is more obvious in a submerged sponge. Colour lilac to bluish.

Sometimes confused with Tubular sponges (Haliclona sp.) which may have spikes around their hollow tubes but the spikes are not as regular or neat.

Beting Bronok, Jul 13

Beting Bronok, Jun 10

Transparent 'lip' around large opening.
Tiny shrimp and brittle star on sponge.

Beting Bronok, Jun 10

Beting Bronok, Jun 10

Pulau Sekudu, May 12

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

Spiky tubular sponges on Singapore shores

Photos of Spiky tubular sponges for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map


  • Gelliodes on SeaLife Base: technical fact sheet.
  • Gelliodes 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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