information on the biology of species and the ecology of habitats found around the coasts and seas of the British Isles

A sponge (Adreus fascicularis)

Distribution data supplied by the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS). To interrogate UK data visit the NBN Atlas.



An erect, slender sponge, up to about 12 cm high that branches dichotomously from the base. Amber yellow in colour. The narrow stems are cylindrical and smooth.

Recorded distribution in Britain and Ireland

Rare around the southwest coast of England, reported from Lyme Bay, Dorset, Plymouth, Devon and around the coast of Lundy.

Global distribution



Found sublittorally, at a depth of 10 - 30 m, on sand-covered rock.

Depth range


Identifying features

  • An arborescent sponge growing up to about 12 cm in height.
  • The slender, cylindrical branches are smooth.
  • Amber-yellow in colour.

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Further information sources

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  1. Bowerbank, J.S., 1865. A monograph of the British Spongiadae, vol. II. London: Ray Society.

  2. Bowerbank, J.S., 1874. A monograph of the British Spongiadae, vol. lll. London: Hardwicke.

  3. Hiscock, K., Stone, S.M.K. & George, J.D., 1983. The marine fauna of Lundy. Porifera (sponges): a preliminary study. Report of the Lundy Field Society, 134, 16-35.

  4. Howson, C.M. & Picton, B.E., 1997. The species directory of the marine fauna and flora of the British Isles and surrounding seas. Belfast: Ulster Museum. [Ulster Museum publication, no. 276.]

  5. JNCC (Joint Nature Conservation Committee), 1999. Marine Environment Resource Mapping And Information Database (MERMAID): Marine Nature Conservation Review Survey Database. [on-line]


  1. NBN (National Biodiversity Network) Atlas. Available from:

  2. OBIS (Ocean Biogeographic Information System),  2019. Global map of species distribution using gridded data. Available from: Ocean Biogeographic Information System. Accessed: 2019-09-20


This review can be cited as:

Avant, P. 2002. Adreus fascicularis A sponge. In Tyler-Walters H. and Hiscock K. (eds) Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Reviews, [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 20-09-2019]. Available from:

Last Updated: 21/06/2002