St. Croix Sponges

The northern Caribbean Sea has beautiful sponge gardens, even where the hard coral coverage is small. St. Crox is no exception.

Stove-pipe sponge, Aplysina archeri

stove-pipe sponge

Barrel sponges

barrel sponge barrel sponge

Rough tube sponge, Oceanapia bartschi

rough tube sponge rough tube sponge rough tube sponge

Row pore rope sponge, Aplysina cauliformis

red rope sponge

Brown tube sponge, Agelas conifera

brown tube sponge

Giant barrel sponge, Xestospongia muta

giant barrel sponge

Brown encrusting octopus sponge, Ectyoplasia ferox

octopus sponge

Loggerhead sponge, Spheciospongia vesparium

loggerhead sponge

Orange elephant ear sponge, Agelas clathrodes

orange elephant ear sponge orange elephant ear sponge

Azure vase sponge, Callyspongia plicifera

azure vase sponge

Branching tube sponge, Pseudoceratina crassa

branching tube sponge branching tube sponge

Antler sponge, Spheciospongia cuspidifera

antler sponge

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Last modified 14 February 2009