Picture guide to some common sponges of Glover’s Reef Atoll, Belize
Many sponge species are variable in form and color. Some resemble each other so closely that they are very difficult to separate in-situ. Proper identification often requires collection and microscopic examination of tissue and included spicules. The images herein may help you get close and provide a starting point. For more detailed species descriptions and information on habitat, life history and distribution go to the web sites Sponge Guide and Coralpedia, or “Reef Creature Identification: Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas“.
Glover’s Reef images by Manuel Gonzá lez-Rivero (MG), Tom Bright (TB), Steve Gittings (SG) and Alex Tilley (AT)
Other images, not from Glover’s Reef but representing species reported there, are used with the permission of: Sven Zea (SZ), Timothy Henkel, and Joseph Pawlik (JP), 2009. The Sponge Guide: a picture guide to Caribbean sponges www.spongeguide.org
Species identifications by Manuel González-Rivero, Sven Zea and Tom Bright This guide may be copied and used freely for educational purposes.