Animal Species:Finger Sponge
This sponge is recognised by its hand shape or finger-like projections.
Standard Common Name
The Finger Sponge's colour varies from dull orange to brown, grey and cream. Its surface is covered in large holes giving it a honeycomb appearance.
Finger Sponges are found southwards from Western Australia to the central New South Wales coast.
Finger Sponges live in coastal waters and on subtidal rocky reefs.
Other behaviours and adaptations
Sponges are sessile (unable to move around) and they attach themselves to rocks using a 'holdfast'. This is a specialised tissue for clinging onto rocks that looks a little like the roots of a plant. During storms sponges can be dislodged and washed up on beaches where they are commonly found.