Animal Species:Rose Sponge

The Rose Sponge is one of the most common sponges in Australia's cool southern waters.

Rose Sponge Dendrilla rosea

Dr Isobel Bennett © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Rose Sponge

Identification

The Rose Sponge is recognised by its bright pink colouration and ruffled surface.

Size range

40 cm

Distribution

The Rose Sponge is found in waters from South Australia to Sydney.

Habitat

The Rose Sponge lives in oceans and on subtidal rocky reefs.

Other behaviours and adaptations

The Rose Sponge grows in finger-like projections from rocks or the seabed. It is also often found encrusting animals that have hard outer shells, such as scallops and large crabs.

Classification

Species:
rosea
Genus:
Dendrilla
Family:
Darwinellidae
Order:
Dendroceratida
Subclass:
Ceractinomorpha
Class:
Demospongiae
Phylum:
Porifera
Kingdom:
Animalia

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