C: Sponge (Phylum Porifera)

    Sponges are primitive animals; they do not have nervous, digestive or circulatory systems. Instead, most rely on maintaining a constant water flow through their bodies to obtain food and oxygen and to remove wastes, and the shapes of their bodies are adapted to maximize the efficiency of the water flow. All are sessile aquatic animals. The greatest numbers of sponges are usually found on firm surfaces such as rocks, but some sponges can attach themselves to soft sediment by means of a root-like base.

 

                                 C1 Tubular sponge

                                                   C1: Tubular sponge

            Scientific name: Haliclona sp.1

 

                                     C2 Branching sponge

                                            C2: Branching sponge

 Scientific name: Iriciniidae sp.

  C3 Pink puff ball sponge

                                           C3: Pink puff ball sponge

 Scientific name: Oceanapia sagittaria

 

                                    C4 Black bath sponge

                                          C4: Black bath sponge

 Scientific name: Spongiasp.

 

                                    C5 Green encrusting sponge

                                            C5: Green encrusting sponge

 Scientific name: Haliclona sp.2

                                    C6 Red encrusting sponge

                                            C6: Red encrusting sponge

 Scientific name: Unidentified

 

                                    C7 White encrusting sponge

                                        C7: White encrusting sponge

Scientific name: Haliclona sp.3