MarLIN Gallery

Sponges (Porifera) gallery

<i>Halichondria (Halichondria) panicea</i> at West Hoe, Plymouth. <i>Adocia cinerea</i> typical morphological form in areas exposed to strong tides and sheltered from wave action. <i>Adreus fascicularis</i> in typical habitat of sand-covered rocks. Spiralled form of <i>Axinella infundibuliformis</i>.
<i>Ciocalypta penicillus</i> on course shingle substrata at the north coast of Lundy. <i>Cliona celata</i> (massive form). <i>Cliona celata</i> on rock face with <i>Corynactis viridis</i> in the Channel Isles. Massive growth of <i>Desmacidon fruticosum</i> sponge.
<i>Axinella subdola</i>. <i>Suberites</i> species. Golf ball sponge, <i>Tethya aurantium</i>. <i>Thymosia guernei</i> in typical habitat on vertical / overhanging rock.
<i>Phakellia ventilabrum</i>. Morphology of <i>Halichondria (Halichondria) panicea</i> in tidal rapids. <i>Pachymatisma johnstonia</i> colony on bryozoan and sponge dominated rocks. <i>Axinella dissimilis</i> at Stoke Point, Plymouth.
<i>Polymastia boletiformis</i>. Globular/branching form of <i>Halichondria (Halichondria) panicea</i>. Globular/branching form of <i>Halichondria (Halichondria) panicea</i> on rock The axinellid branching sponge <i>Raspailia ramosa</i>.
The sponge <i>Axinella damicornis</i>. <i>Esperiopsis fucorum</i>. <i>Phallusia mammillata</i> <i>Suberites </i> species.
<i>Esperiopsis fucorum</i>. <i>Suberites carnosus</i>. <i>Suberites massa</i>. <i>Hymeniacidon perleve</i>, at Firestone Bay.
<i>Esperiopsis fucorum</i> at Battery Buoy, Plymouth Sound. Sulphur sponge with large exhalent oscula. Sulphur sponge with large exhalent oscula. Mermaid's glove, <i>Haliclona (Haliclona) oculata</i>.
<i>Halichondria (Halichondria) bowerbanki</i>. <i>Raspailia hispida</i>. <i>Polymastia mamillaris</i>. The rock boring sponge <i>Cliona celata</i> in a piece of broken rock.
<i>Oscarella lobularis</i>. <i>Tethya aurantium</i> under overhang. Clump of <i>Sycon ciliatum</i> attached to rock. <i>Tethya aurantium</i>, the golf ball sponge.
<i>Polymastia</i> spp. and the golf ball sponge <i>Tethya aurantium</i>. <i>Polymastia</i> spp. <i>Dysidea pallescens</i>, Lough Hyne. <i>Phorbas fictitius</i> highlighting its distinctive honeycomb pattern.
Typical appearance and habitat of <i>Ciocalypta pencillus</i> on sand-covered rocks at Hilsea Point, Plymouth. <i>Axinella dissimilis</i> at Stoke Point, Plymouth. <i>Axinella damicornis</i> at Hilsea Point Rock, Plymouth. <i>Axinella damicornis</i> at Hilsea Point Rock, Plymouth.
<i>Axinella dissimilis</i> at Hilsea Point Rock, Plymouth. <i>Ciocalypta penicillus</i> at Hilsea Point Rock, Plymouth. <i>Ciocalypta penicillus</i> at Stoke Point, Plymouth. Close up of <i>Cliona celata</i> at Firestone Bay in Plymouth sound.
<i>Cliona celata</i> at ca 25 meters depth at Firestone Bay, Plymouth Sound. <i>Cliona celata</i> at Bovisand, Plymouth. <i>Dysidea fragilis</i> at Hilsea Point Rock, Plymouth. <i>Endectyon delaubenfelsi</i>, Plymouth Breakwater in Plymouth Sound.
Encrusting growth form of <i>Halichondria (Halichondria) panicea</i>. <i>Haliclona (Haliclona) oculata</i> at Firestone Bay in Plymouth Sound. <i>Haliclona (Haliclona) oculata</i> at Firestone Bay in Plymouth Sound. <i>Hemimycale columella</i> at the Mewstone, Plymouth.
<i>Hymeniacidon perleve</i> on the lower shore at Noss Mayo, Plymouth. <i>Hymeniacidon perleve</i> on rock at Firestone Bay in Plymouth Sound. <i>Hymeniacidon perleve</i> at the entrance to Hooe Lake, Plymouth. <i>Leucosolenia botryoides</i> at Strome Narrows in Loch Carron, Scotland.
<i>Polymastia boletiformis</i> at Stoke Point, Plymouth. <i>Hemimycale columella</i> at Hilsea Point Rock, Plymouth. <i>Suberites ficus</i> at Firestone Bay in Plymouth Sound. <i>Tethya aurantium</i> at Firestone Bay in Plymouth Sound.
<i>Tethya aurantium</i> at Firestone Bay in Plymouth Sound. <i>Adocia cinerea</i> and <i>Luidia ciliaris</i> on the Mannacles, southwest Cornwall. <i>Sycon ciliatum</i> in Lyme Bay, Devon. <i>Pachymatisma johnstonia</i> at the Channel Isles.
<i>Axinella dissimilis</i> with <i>Alcyonium glomeratum</i> on L'Etac, Channel Isles. <i>Polymastia boletiformis</i> at Sark. <i>Polymastia boletiformis</i> at Sark. <i>Polymastia penicillus</i> attached to substrate.
<i>Tethya citrina</i> growing on a cluster of invertebrates. <i>Hemimycale columella</i>. <i>Axinella dissimilis</i> in a rich marine community. <i>Clathrina coriacea</i>.
<i>Sycon ciliatum</i> on some kelp. Encrusting form of <i>Halichondria (Halichondria) panicea</i>. Encrusting <i>Halichondria (Halichondria) panicea</i> surrounded by red seaweed. Pale coloured <i>Ciocalypta penicillus</i>.
<i>Hymeniacidon perleve</i> covering barnacles. <i>Hemimycale columella</i> on the side of a boulder. <i>Suberites ficus</i> in a rockpool. <i>Tethya aurantium</i> under an overhang.
<i>Hemimycale columella</i> off the Island of Sark. a <i>Pachymatisma johnstonia</i> colony <i>Cliona celata</i> A <i>Haliclona viscosa</i> sponge.
A <i>Haliclona cinerea</i> sponge. <i>Pachymatisma johnstonia</i> growing amongst <i>Alcyonium digitatum</i>. A <i>Polymastia boletiformis</i> colony. <i>Aplidium punctum</i>
<i>Polymastia penicillus</i> <i>Biemna variantia</i> amongst jewelled anemones. <i>Raspailia ramosa</i> <i>Pachymatisma johnstonia</i> sliced by monofilament line
<i>Suberites ficus</i>