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ASA-387_Aplysilla_rosea_Encrusting_rose_sponge

Aplysilla rosea

Encrusting rose sponge

South Australia 2018
Dive site: Rapid bay jetty

ASA-261_Mimachlamys_asperrima_Doughboy_scallop_on_sponge_Dendrilla_rosea

Aplysilla rosea

Encrusting rose sponge

South Australia 2018
Dive site: Edithburg jetty

ASA-234_Clavelina_moluccensis_and_Dendrilla_rosea

Aplysilla rosea

Encrusting rose sponge

South Australia 2018
Dive site: Rapid bay jetty

BON-003 Stove-pipe sponge, Aplysina archeri

Aplysina archeri

Stove-pipe sponge

Caribbean, Bonaire 2013
Dive site: Reef scientifico

FM2-152 Row pore rope sponge, Aplysina cauliformis

Aplysina cauliformis

Row pore rope sponge

Cebu, the Philippines 2012
Dive site: Pescador

FM2-158 Aplysina sp.

Aplysina sp.

sponge

Cebu, the Philippines 2012
Dive site: Pescador

FMI-152 sponge, Axinellid sp.

Axinellid sp.

sponge

Cebu, the Philippines 2007
Dive site: Pescador south-east

  BON-012 Azure vase sponge, Callyspongia plicifera

Callyspongia plicifera

Azure vase sponge

Caribbean, Bonaire 2013
Dive site: Tori's reef

BON-175 Azure vase sponge, Callyspongia plicifera

Callyspongia plicifera

Azure vase sponge

Caribbean, Bonaire 2013
Dive site: Punt vierkant

FM2-161 tube sponge, Callyspongia sp.

Callyspongia sp.

tube sponge

Cebu, the Philippines 2012
Dive site: Pescador

FM2-154 tube sponge, Callyspongia sp.

Callyspongia sp.

tube sponge

Cebu, the Philippines 2012
Dive site: Pescador

IB3-304_probably_Callyspongia_sp.

probably Callyspongia sp.

?

Bali, Indonesia 2016
Dive site: Tulamben, Drop off

IAM-059 Sponge decorator crab, Hyastenus elatus with sponge Nara nematifera

Chalinula nematifera

?

Ambon, Indonesia 2010
house reef Maluku divers (night dive)

IL5-285 encrusting sponge Chalinula nematifera

Chalinula nematifera

?

Lembeh, Indonesia 2014
Dive site: Pintu kolaba

IRA-003 Robust sea squirt, Atriolum robustum and encrusting sponge Chalinula nematifera

Chalinula nematifera

?

Raja ampat, Indonesia 2014
Dive site: Yenbuba jetty

FRO-006_Chalinula_nematifera

Chalinula nematifera

?

Romblon, the Philippines 2017
Dive site: Logbon inside

FMI-252 Orange or Golf ball sponge, Cinachyra australiensis

Cinachyra australiensis

Orange or Golf ball sponge

Cebu, the Philippines 2007
Dive site: Pescador east

MSI-44 Orange or Golf ball sponge, Cinachyra australiensis

Cinachyrella australiensis

Orange or Golf ball sponge

Sipadan, Malaysia 2005
Dive site: Midreef

IB2-174 Orange or Golf ball sponge, Cinachyra australiensis

Cinachyrella australiensis

Orange or Golf ball sponge

Bali, Indonesia 2011
Dive site: Labuan segala

IRA-104 Yellow ball sponge, Cinachyra sp.

Cinachyrella australiensis

Orange or Golf ball sponge

Raja Ampat, Indonesia 2014
Dive site: Mios kon

FMO-164_Cinachyrella_australiensis_Orange_ball_sponge

Cinachyrella australiensis

Orange or Golf ball sponge

Philippines, Anda 2018
Dive site: Birhen point

FM2-160 Orange or Golf ball sponge, Cinachyra australiensis

mayby Cinachyrella australiensis

Orange or Golf ball sponge

Cebu, the Philippines 2012
Dive site: Pescador

FMO-298_probably_Cinachyra_sp_undetermined_white_golf_ball_sponge

Cinachyrella sp.

undetermined white golf ball sponge

Philippines, Anda 2018
Dive site: Pygmy house

IB2-166 unidentified ball sponge, Cinachyr(ell)a sp.

Cinachyr(ell)a sp.

undetermined ball sponge

Bali, Indonesia 2011
Dive site: Labuan segala

FNE-203 undetermined ball sponge, Cinachyr(ell)a sp., with Moluccan or Blue spot ascidian, Clavelina moluccensis

Cinachyr(ell)a sp.

undetermined ball sponge

Negros, the Philippines 2012
Dive site: Apo island (Chapel)

FAN-398 Cinachyrella sp. Orange ball sponge

Cinachyrella sp.

Orange ball sponge

Anilao, the Philippines 2015
Dive site: Dive and trek

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IAM-182 unidentified sponge, Ciocalypta sp.

mayby Ciocalypta penicillus

Brush sponge

Ambon, Indonesia 2010
Dive site: Riang

IBA-240 Ciocalypta species

mayby Ciocalypta penicillus

Brush sponge

Bali, Indonesia 2009
Dive site: Tulamben, Drop off

IB3-335_Ciocalypta_sp.,_sponge.

Ciocalypta sp.

?

Bali, Indonesia 2016
Dive site: Seraya

IB3-455_Ciocalypta_sp.,_sponge_2

Ciocalypta sp.

?

Bali, Indonesia 2016
Dive site: Seraya (night dive)

ASA-294_Ciocalypta_sp_Sprouting_sand_sponge_1

Ciocalypta sp.

Sprouting sand sponge

South Australia 2018
Dive site: Edithburg jetty

ASA-293_Ciocalypta_sp_Sprouting_sand_sponge_2

Ciocalypta sp.

Sprouting sand sponge

South Australia 2018
Dive site: Edithburg jetty

 
FMI-081 sponge, unidentified Clathria sp.

mayby Clathria sp.

Undetermined encrusting sponge

Cebu, the Philippines 2007
Dive site: Kasai wall

IB2-164 unidentified sponge, Clathria sp.

mayby Clathria sp.

Undetermined encrusting sponge

Bali, Indonesia 2011
Dive site: Labuan segala

BON-130 Undetermined encrusting sponge, Clathria sp.

mayby Clathria sp.

Undetermined encrusting sponge

Caribbean, Bonaire 2013
Dive site: Hilma Hooker

IRA-101 undetermined sponge, Clathria sp.

mayby Clathria sp.

Undetermined encrusting sponge

Raja Ampat, Indonesia 2014
Dive site: Yenbuba jetty

IRA-332 undetermined sponge, probably family Microcionidae

mayby Clathria sp.

Undetermined encrusting sponge

Raja Ampat, Indonesia 2014
Dive site: house reef Sorido

FMO-134_maybe_Clathria_sp.

mayby Clathria sp.

Undetermined encrusting sponge

Philippines, Anda 2018
Dive site: house reef Magic Oceans

EMA-149 probably Red boring sponge, Cliona vastifica

probably Cliona vastifica

Red boring sponge

Marsa alam, Egypt 2012
Dive site: house reef Oasis (night dive)

BON-152 Red boring sponge, Cliona delitrix 2

Cliona delitrix

Red boring sponge

Caribbean, Bonaire 2013
Dive site: Windsock

BON-208 Red boring sponge, Cliona delitrix

Cliona delitrix

Red boring sponge

Caribbean, Bonaire 2013
Dive site: Oil slick leap

IRA-349 undetermined boring sponge, family Clionaidae 2

family Clionaidae

undetermined boring sponge

Raja Ampat, Indonesia 2014
Dive site: Five rocks

IRA-348 undetermined boring sponge, family Clionaidae 1

family Clionaidae

undetermined boring sponge

Raja Ampat, Indonesia 2014
Dive site: Five rocks

_Craniella_abracadabra

Craniella abracadabra

?

Bali, Indonesia 2016
Dive site: Menjangan, Blue corner

AVI-196_maybe_Crella_incrustans

mayby Crella incrustans

?

Australia, Victoria 2018
Dive site: Blairgowrie pier

FRO-360_undetermined_sponge_maybe_Darwinella_oxeata

mayby Darwinella oxeata

?

Romblon, the Philippines 2017
Dive site: San Pedro

BON-114 undetermined tube sponge, family Demospongiae

family Demospongia

undetermined tube sponge

Caribbean, Bonaire 2013
Dive site: house reef Buddy (night dive)

ASA-282_undetermined_sponge_maybe_Dendrilla_sp.

mayby Dendrilla sp.

?

South Australia 2018
Dive site: Port Hughes jetty

IB2-169 unidentified sponge, maybe Dysidea sp.

mayby Dysidea sp.

undetermined sponge

Bali, Indonesia 2011
Dive site: Labuan segala

IRA-320 undetermined sponge, maybe Echinochalina sp.

mayby Echinochalina sp.

undetermined sponge

Raja Ampat, Indonesia 2014
Dive site: Yenbuba jetty

FMO-300_Ernstia_chrysops

Ernstia chrysops

?

Philippines, Anda 2018
Dive site: Pygmy house

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FMI-159 sponge, Pericharax sp

Heteropia minor

Bagpipe of the sea

Cebu, the Philippines 2007
Dive site: Tuble reef south

FNE-110 sponge, Pericharax sp.

Heteropia minor

Bagpipe of the sea

Negros, the Philippines 2012
Dive site: Paliton (cave)

FM2-118 sponge Pericharax sp.

Heteropia minor

Bagpipe of the sea

Cebu, the Philippines 2012
Dive site: Fish feeding

FM2-263 sponge, Pericharax sp.

Heteropia minor

Bagpipe of the sea

Cebu, the Philippines 2012
Dive site: Kasai point

FAN-070 Atriolum robustum, Robust sea squirt and Pericharax sp. , Calcareous sponge

Heteropia minor

(amongst others)

Anilao, the Philippines 2015
Dive site: house reef Portulano (night dive)

FAN-263 maybe Halichondria sp, breadcrumb sponge

mayby Halichondria sp.

undetermined sponge

Anilao, the Philippines 2015
Dive site: Mural

IB2-308 unidentified sponge, Haliclona sp.

Haliclona sp.

undetermined sponge

Bali, Indonesia 2011
Dive site: Kubu, Batu Indah

IL4-174 unidentified sponge, maybe Haliclona sp.

mayby Haliclona sp.

undetermined sponge

Lembeh, Indonesia 2010
Dive site: Batu lubang (night dive)

IB2-173 unidentified sponge, maybe Haliclona sp.

mayby Haliclona sp.

undetermined sponge

Bali, Indonesia 2011
Dive site: Labuan segala

FNE-197 undetermined sponge, Haliclona sp.

Haliclona sp.

undetermined sponge

Negros, the Philippines 2012
Dive site: Apo Island, Lagahan

FAN-168 Haliclona sp, sponge

Haliclona sp.

undetermined sponge

Anilao, the Philippines 2015
Dive site: Mural

FAN-316 Haliclona sp, blue sponge

Haliclona sp.

undetermined sponge

Anilao, the Philippines 2015
Dive site: Ligpo cavern

FRO-295_Haliclona_sp_undetermined_sponge

Haliclona sp.

undetermined sponge

Romblon, the Philippines 2017
Dive site: Bangug 3

ASA-223_Holopsamma_arborea_Brown_honeycomb_sponge

Holopsamma arborea

Brown honeycomb sponge

South Australia 2018
Dive site: Rapid bay jetty

ASA-208_Holopsamma_arborea_Brown_honeycomb_sponge

Holopsamma arborea

Brown honeycomb sponge

South Australia 2018
Dive site: Rapid bay jetty

ASA-143_Holopsamma_arborea_Brown_honeycomb_sponge_1

Holopsamma arborea

Brown honeycomb sponge

South Australia 2018
Dive site: Rapid bay jetty

ASA-144_Holopsamma_arborea_Brown_honeycomb_sponge_2

Holopsamma arborea

Brown honeycomb sponge

South Australia 2018
Dive site: Rapid bay jetty

ASA-310_probably_Holopsamma_arborea_Brown_honeycomb_sponge

mayby Holopsamma arborea

Brown honeycomb sponge

South Australia 2018
Dive site: Edithburg jetty

  FAN-307 Leucetta chagosensis, Lemon sponge

Leucetta chagosensis

Lemon sponge

Anilao, the Philippines 2015
Dive site: Ligpo island (night dive)

FAN-346 Leucetta chagosensis, Lemon sponge

Leucetta chagosensis

Lemon sponge

Anilao, the Philippines 2015
Dive site: house reef Portulano

FMO-196_Leucetta_chagosensis

Leucetta chagosensis

Lemon sponge

Philippines, Anda 2018
Dive site: Lamanok Island

IB3-165_probably_Leucetta_chagosensis,_Lemon_sponge_3

probably Leucetta chagosensis

Lemon sponge

Bali, Indonesia 2016
Dive site: Menjangan, Blue corner

IB3-156_probably_Leucetta_chagosensis,_Lemon_sponge_2

probably Leucetta chagosensis

Lemon sponge

Bali, Indonesia 2016
Dive site: Menjangan, Blue corner

IB3-154_probably_Leucetta_chagosensis,_Lemon_sponge_1

probably Leucetta chagosensis

Lemon sponge

Bali, Indonesia 2016
Dive site: Menjangan, Blue corner

FNE-095_maybe_Leucetta_microraphis

mayby Leucetta microraphis

?

Negros, the Philippines 2012
Dive site: Siquijor wall

IB2-303 unidentified sponge, maybe Leucetta sp. 2

mayby Leucetta sp.

undetermined sponge

Bali, Indonesia 2011
Dive site: Kubu, Batu Indah

IB2-297 unidentified sponge, maybe Leucetta sp 1

mayby Leucetta sp.

undetermined sponge

Bali, Indonesia 2011
Dive site: Kubu, Temple

FNE-094 undetermined sponge, maybe Leucetta sp.

mayby Leucetta sp.

undetermined sponge

Negros, the Philippines 2012
Dive site: Siquijor wall

FM2-193 undetermined sponge, maybe Leucetta sp.

mayby Leucetta sp.

undetermined sponge

Cebu, the Philippines 2012
Dive site: Dolphin house

IHW-138 sponge Liosina granularis

Liosina granularis

?

Halmahera, Indonesia 2010
Dive site: Shark reef

IHW-072 sponge, Liosina granularis carried by Sponge crab, Dromia dormia

Liosina granularis

Lumpy tube sponge

Halmahera, Indonesia 2010
house reef Weda resort (night dive)

FAN-205 Liosina granularis, Lumpy tube sponge

Liosina granularis

Lumpy tube sponge

Anilao, the Philippines 2015
Dive site: Nilog

FAN-437 probably Liosina granularis, Lumpy tube sponge

Liosina granularis

Lumpy tube sponge

Anilao, the Philippines 2015
Dive site: Ligpo cavern

IMI-137_Liosina_granularis

Liosina granularis

Lumpy tube sponge

Bangka, Indonesia 2017
house reef Mimpi Indah

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FM2-234 undetermined black encrusting sponge, family Microcionidae

family Microcionidae

undetermined black encrusting sp.

Cebu, the Philippines 2012
house reef Magic Island (night dive)

FAN-167_Monanchora_unguiculata

Monanchora unguiculata

?

Anilao, the Philippines 2015
Dive site: Mural

IHW-146_Monanchora_unguiculata

Monanchora unguiculata

?

Halmahera, Indonesia 2010
Dive site: Shark reef

IH2-132_Monanchora_unguiculata

Monanchora unguiculata

?

Halmahera, Indonesia 2014
Dive site: Gemaf coral

IB3-157_Monanchora_sp.,_undetermined_sponge

Monanchora sp.

undetermined sponge

Bali, Indonesia 2016
Dive site: Menjangan, Blue corner

EW2-09 Polyp sponge, Mycele fistulifera

Mycele fistulifera

Polyp sponge

Wadi Lahami, Egypt 2003
Dive site: Shaab rour north

FRO-297_Nausithoe_punctata_Tubular_stage_of_jellyfish_on_sponge

Mycele fistulifera

Polyp sponge

Romblon, the Philippines 2017
Dive site: Bangug 3

FM2-078_Myrmekioderma_granulatum

Myrmekioderma granulatum

?

Cebu, the Philippines 2012
Dive site: Banlot (night dive)

FMI-170_Myrmekioderma_granulatum

Myrmekioderma granulatum

?

Cebu, the Philippines 2007
Dive site: White house

FMO-296_Myrmekioderma_granulatum

Myrmekioderma granulatum

?

Philippines, Anda 2018
Dive site: Pygmy house

FRO-164_Myrmekioderma_granulatum

Myrmekioderma granulatum

?

Romblon, the Philippines 2017
Dive site: Anchor bay

FRO-223_Myrmekioderma_granulatum

Myrmekioderma granulatum

?

Romblon, the Philippines 2017
Dive site: Logbon, Sanctuary

IRA-341 undetermined sponge

Myrmekioderma granulatum?

?

Raja Ampat, Indonesia 2014
Dive site: The passage

IB2-339 unidentified sponge, family Niphatidae

family Niphatidae

undetermined sponge

Bali, Indonesia 2011
Dive site: Seraya

IAM-382 Puffball Sponge, Oceanapia sagittaria

Oceanapia sagittaria

Pink puffball ponge

Ambon, Indonesia 2010
Dive site: Laha III (night dive)

IB2-258 Puffball Sponge, Oceanapia sagittaria

Oceanapia sagittaria

Pink puffball sponge

Bali, Indonesia 2011
Dive site: Tulamben, USAT Liberty

FRO-432_Oceanapia_sagittaria_Pink_puff_ball_sponge

Oceanapia sagittaria

Pink puffball sponge

Romblon, the Philippines 2017
Dive site: Sand slope

  FMO-137_maybe_Phyllospongia_sp_undetermined_sponge

mayby Phyllospongia sp.

?

Philippines, Anda 2018
Dive site: house reef Magic Oceans

EMA-235 sponge Pione vastifica

Pione vastifica

?

Marsa alam, Egypt 2012
Dive site: house reef Oasis

IMI-289_Placospongia_melobesioides

Placospongia melobesioides

?

Bangka, Indonesia 2017
Dive site: Batu Gosoh 1

FMO-197_maybe_Plakortis_sp_undetermined_sponge

mayby Plakortis sp.

?

Philippines, Anda 2018
Dive site: Lamanok Island

FAN-442 Pleraplysilla sp, undetermined sponge

Pleraplysilla sp.

undetermined sponge

Anilao, the Philippines 2015
Dive site: Ligpo cavern

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ASA-317_maybe_Spongia_sp_undetermined_sponge

mayby Spongia sp.

?

South Australia 2018
Dive site: Edithburg jetty

IHW-018 Rolling sponge, Stelletta clavosa

Stelletta clavosa

Rolling sponge

Halmahera, Indonesia 2010
Dive site: Shark reef

FRO-210_Stelletta_clavosa_Rolling_sponge

Stelletta clavosa

Rolling sponge

Romblon, the Philippines 2017
Dive site: Bangug check (night dive)

IB3-243_maybe_Suberites_sp.,_undetermined_sponge_1

mayby Suberites sp.

undetermined sponge

Bali, Indonesia 2016
Dive site: Parman's choice

IB3-241_maybe_Suberites_sp.,_undetermined_sponge_2

mayby Suberites sp.

undetermined sponge

Bali, Indonesia 2016
Dive site: Parman's choice

IB3-242_maybe_Suberites_sp.,_undetermined_sponge_3

mayby Suberites sp.

undetermined sponge

Bali, Indonesia 2016
Dive site: Parman's choice

AVI-206_Sycon_sp_tubular_sponge

Sycon sp.

?

Australia, Victoria 2018
Dive site: Flinders pier

ASA-285_Sycon_sp_tubular_sponge

Sycon sp.

?

South Australia 2018
Dive site: Port Hughes jetty

AVI-143_maybe_Sycon_sp_undetermined_sponge

mayby Sycon sp.

?

Australia, Victoria 2018
Dive site: Blairgowrie pier

 
AVI-188_Tethya_sp_undetermined_sponge_1

Tethya sp.

?

Australia, Victoria 2018
Dive site: Blairgowrie pier

AVI-191_Tethya_sp_undetermined_sponge_2

Tethya sp.

?

Australia, Victoria 2018
Dive site: Blairgowrie pier

ASA-206_Tethya_sp_1

Tethya sp.

?

South Australia 2018
Dive site: Rapid bay jetty

ASA-207_Tethya_sp_2

Tethya sp.

?

South Australia 2018
Dive site: Rapid bay jetty

FAN-093 Doriopsis pecten feeding on Terpios gelatinosa

Terpios gelatinosa

?

Anilao, the Philippines 2015
Dive site: Matu

FMI-258 Tube sponge, Theonella swinhoei

Theonella swinhoei

Tube sponge

Cebu, the Philippines 2007
Dive site: Pescador east

FM2-026 Tube sponge, Theonella swinhoei

Theonella swinhoei

Tube sponge

Cebu, the Philippines 2012
Dive site: Pescador

  FMI-123 Barrel sponge, Xestospongia testudinaria

Xestospongia testudinaria

Barrel sponge

Cebu, the Philippines 2007
Dive site: Pescador east

FM2-163 Barrel sponge, Xestospongia testudinaria, with sea cucumber Synapta lamperti

Xestospongia testudinaria

Barrel sponge

Cebu, the Philippines 2012
Dive site: Pescador (south)

FAN-276 Xestospongia testudinaria, Barrel sponge

Xestospongia testudinaria

Barrel sponge

Anilao, the Philippines 2015
Dive site: Bubbles

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Unidentified 2

?

undetermined sponge

Wadi Lahami, Egypt 2003
Dive site: Shaab rour north

FMI-087 unidentified sponge

?

undetermined sponge

Cebu, the Philippines 2007
Dive site: Pescador south-east

FMI-151 sponge 2

?

undetermined sponge

Cebu, the Philippines 2007
Dive site: Pescador east

IHW-251 unidentified sponge

?

undetermined sponge

Halmahera, Indonesia 2010
Dive site: Gemaf

IB2-300 unidentified, probably a sponge

?

undetermined, probably a sponge

Bali, Indonesia 2011
Dive site: Kubu, Temple

EMA-245 undetermined sponge

?

undetermined sponge

Marsa alam, Egypt 2012
Dive site: house reef Oasis (night dive)

EMA-144 undetermined stony coral 3

?

undetermined sponge

Marsa alam, Egypt 2012
Dive site: house reef Oasis (night dive)

BON-202 undetermined sponge

?

Undetermined sponge

Caribbean, Bonaire 2013
Dive site: Reef scientifico (night dive)

IRA-298 undetermined sponge

?

undetermined sponge

Raja Ampat, Indonesia 2014
Dive site: The passage

IRA-178 undetermined sponge

?

undetermined sponge

Raja Ampat, Indonesia 2014
Dive site: Maya mimpy

IRA-345 undetermined sponge 2

?

undetermined sponge

Raja Ampat, Indonesia 2014
Dive site: Five rocks

IRA-282 undetermined sponge 2

?

undetermined sponge

Raja Ampat, Indonesia 2014
Dive site: house reef Sorido (night dive)

IRA-277 undetermined sponge, maybe Clathrina sp.

?

undetermined sponge

Raja Ampat, Indonesia 2014
Dive site: Friwenbonda

IRA-272 undetermined sponge 1

?

undetermined sponge

Raja Ampat, Indonesia 2014
Dive site: Friwenbonda

IRA-336 undetermined sponge 1

?

undetermined sponge

Raja Ampat, Indonesia 2014
Dive site: The passage

FAN-206 undetermined sponge.

?

undetermined sponge

Anilao, the Philippines 2015
Dive site: Nilog

FAN-438 undetermined sponge

?

undetermined sponge

Anilao, the Philippines 2015
Dive site: Ligpo cavern

IB3-152_undetermined_sponge_2

?

undetermined sponge

Bali, Indonesia 2016
Dive site: Menjangan, Pos II

IB3-159_undetermined_sponge_3

?

undetermined sponge

Bali, Indonesia 2016
Dive site: Menjangan, Blue corner

IB3-169_undetermined_sponge_4

?

undetermined sponge

Bali, Indonesia 2016
Dive site: Menjangan, Mimpi chanel

IB3-349_undetermined_sponge

?

undetermined sponge

Bali, Indonesia 2016
Dive site: Menjangan, Seraya slope

FRO-363_undetermined_sponge

?

undetermined sponge

Romblon, the Philippines 2017
Dive site: San Pedro

IMI-149_undetermined_sponge_skeleton

?

undetermined sponge

Bangka, Indonesia 2017
Dive site: Tanjung husi 3

IMI-156_undetermined_sponge

?

undetermined sponge

Bangka, Indonesia 2017
Dive site: Batu Lihunu

IMI-160_undetermined_tube_sponge

?

undetermined sponge

Bangka, Indonesia 2017
Dive site: Batu Sahaung

IMI-178_undetermined_sponge

?

undetermined sponge

Bangka, Indonesia 2017
Dive site: Tanjung Totohe

IMI-226_undetermined_sponge

?

undetermined sponge

Bangka, Indonesia 2017
Dive site: Batu Beka

IMI-345_undetermined_sponge

?

undetermined sponge

Bangka, Indonesia 2017
Dive site: Efrata

AVI-107_undetermined_sponge

?

undetermined sponge

Australia, Victoria 2018
Dive site: Rye pier

AVI-194_undetermined_sponge

?

undetermined sponge

Australia, Victoria 2018
Dive site: Blairgowrie pier

ASA-232_undetermined_sponge

?

undetermined sponge

South Australia 2018
Dive site: Rapid bay jetty

ASA-281_undetermined_sponge

?

undetermined sponge

South Australia 2018
Dive site: Port Hughes jetty

ASA-311_undetermined_sponge

?

undetermined sponge

South Australia 2018
Dive site: Edithburg jetty

ASA-337_undetermined_sponge_2

?

undetermined sponge

South Australia 2018
Dive site: Edithburg jetty

ASA-341_undetermined_sponge_1

?

undetermined sponge

South Australia 2018
Dive site: Edithburg jetty

FMO-294_undetermined_sponge_1

?

undetermined sponge

Philippines, Anda 2018
Dive site: Pygmy house

FMO-301_undetermined_sponge_2

?

undetermined sponge

Philippines, Anda 2018
Dive site: Pygmy house

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  My sponge is my castle

The Barrel sponge, Xestospongia testudinaria provides a home or shelter for many permanent or temporary guests. Some of the barrel sponges are big enough to fit a man.  The rim if soft and vulnerable, but the surface is hard and deeply ridged.

In the ridges you can often find different kind of crustaceans. The Pink squat lobster is probably the best known and permanent inhabitant. As far as I know it’s only found on the barrel sponge. But there’s many more crustaceans to be found between the ridges, especially different species of porcelain crabs.

Also other species find a refuge on the barrel sponge. They’re sometimes covered with Lampert's sea cucumbers, at night small fishes like (Pseud)anthias species and Spotted hawkfish can be found sleeping between the ridges.

On the house reef of Kubu Indah Dive Resort we found a big Barrel Sponge, acting as a kind of apartment building. During several night dives we found over 10 different species, among them our first Bumblebee shrimps. But also the other barrel sponges on the house reef all had their guests.

FMI-277 Barrel sponge, Xestospongia testudinaria, with sea cucumber Synapta lamperti

Xestospongia testudinaria

Barrel sponge with Synapta lamperti

Cebu, the Philippines 2007
Dive site: Pescador south-east

IB2-028 Bumblebee shrimp, Gnathophyllum americanum

Gnathophyllum americanum

Bumblebee shrimp

Bali, Indonesia 2011
house reef Kubu Indah (night dive)

IB2-152 Decorator arrow crab, Hyastenus bispinosus

Hyastenus bispinosus

Decorator arrow crab

Bali, Indonesia 2011
house reef Kubu Indah (night dive)

FAN-125 Lauriea siagiani, Hairy squat lobster or Pink squat lobster

Lauriea siagiani

Hairy squat lobster (or Pink squat lobster)

Anilao, Philippines 2015
Dive site: Pinnacle

IB2-064 Pagurixus maorus

Pagurixus maorus

?

Bali, Indonesia 2011
house reef Kubu Indah (night dive)

IB2-088 Flat rock crab, Percnon planissimum

Percnon planissimum

Flat Rock Crab

Bali, Indonesia 2011
house reef Kubu Indah (night dive)

IB2-011 unidentified porcelain crab, Petrolisthes sp.

Petrolisthes sp.

undetermined porcelain crab

Bali, Indonesia 2011
house reef Kubu Indah (night dive)

IB2-087_Lissoporcellana_furcillata

Lissoporcellana furcillata

?

Bali, Indonesia 2011
house reef Kubu Indah (night dive)

IB2-092_Aliaporcellana_spongicola_Barrel_sponge_crab.

Aliaporcellana spongicola

Barrel sponge crab

Bali, Indonesia 2011
house reef Kubu Indah (night dive)

IB2-291 unidentified anthias, Pseudanthias sp.

Pseudanthias sp.

undetermined anthias

Bali, Indonesia 2011
house reef Kubu Indah (night dive)

IB2-151 sub-adult Banded boxer shrimp, Stenopus hispidus

Stenopus hispidus

sub-adult Banded boxer shrimp

Bali, Indonesia 2011
house reef Kubu Indah (night dive)

IB2-285 Thaumastocaris streptopus cf

Thaumastocaris streptopus cf

?

Bali, Indonesia 2011
house reef Kubu Indah (night dive)

IB2-027 unidentified swimming crab, maybe Carupa sp.

probably Thalamita sp.

undetermined swimming crab

Bali, Indonesia 2011
house reef Kubu Indah (night dive)

IB2-322_family_Pilumnidae_probably_subfamily_Pilumninae

family Pilumnidae

probably subfamily Pilumninae

Bali, Indonesia 2011
house reef Kubu Indah (night dive)

IB2-290 unidentified porcelain crab

?

undetermined porcelain crab

Bali, Indonesia 2011
house reef Kubu Indah (night dive)

IBA-079_Aliaporcellana_spongicola_Barrel_sponge_crab

Aliaporcellana spongicola

Barrel sponge crab

Bali, Indonesia 2009
Dive site: Seraya

IBA-097 Spotted or Blotched hawkfish, Cirrhitichthys aprinus

Cirrhitichthys aprinus

Spotted (or Blotched) hawkfish

Bali, Indonesia 2009
Dive site: Turtle neck / Bloo lagoon

FMI-118 unidentified swimming crab

?

unidentified swimming crab

Cebu, Philippines 2007
Dive site: Pescador south (night dive)

IAM-145 Red swimming crab, Charybdis paucidentata

Charybdis paucidentata

Red swimming crab

Ambon, Indonesia 2010
house reef Maluku divers (night dive)

IB2-193 Tropical striped triplefin, Helcogramma striatum

Helcogramma striatum

Tropical striped triplefin

Bali, Indonesia 2011
Dive site: Tulamben, Coral garden