Animal Species:Purple-encrusting sponges

Purple-encrusting sponges are probably the easiest sponges to see on Sydney's rocky shores.

Purple-encrusting Sponge

Dr Isobel Bennett © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Purple-encrusting sponges

Identification

Always a light purple colour, these sponges are covered in small crater-like holes over their surface.

Distribution

Purple-encrusting sponges are found in waters around Australia.

Habitat

Purple-encrusting sponges live on intertidal rocky shores.

Other behaviours and adaptations

Purple-encrusting sponges can be found near the low-tide mark attached to rock surfaces in small, irregular-shaped patches. They are the only sponges common in rock pools exposed to full sunlight.

Classification

Genus:
Haliclona
Family:
Chalinidae
Order:
Haplosclerida
Subclass:
Ceractinomorpha
Class:
Demospongiae
Phylum:
Porifera
Kingdom:
Animalia

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