Dendrilla rosea Click to enlarge image
Rose Sponge, Dendrilla rosea Image: Dr Isobel Bennett
© Australian Museum

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    rosea
    Genus
    Dendrilla
    Family
    Darwinellidae
    Order
    Dendroceratida
    Subclass
    Ceractinomorpha
    Class
    Demospongiae
    Phylum
    Porifera
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    40 cm

Introduction

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

Identification

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

Habitat

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

Distribution

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

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.