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Phylum Porifera
Veined sponge
Clathria cf. mima*
Family Poecilosclerida
updated Oct 2016
Where seen? Considered the thinnest recorded sponge in Singapore, this fragile sponge is sometimes seen.

Encrusting sheet, thin fragile, but broad (10-20cm). Surface smooth and glossy with distinct white branching 'veins'. Colour pale orange.

May be confused with encrusting ascidians such as Rock slime ascidians and Orange lobe ascidians. These ascidians do not have 'veins'.

Changi, Aug 11

Sentosa, May 13
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.

Berlayar Creek, Dec 10
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.

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

Veined sponges on Singapore shores

Photos of Veined 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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