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Sponges

Aggregated Nipple Sponge

Polymastia pachymastia

    
(1: Hopkins Deep, Monterey / 2-4: Lovers Point, Monterey / 5: Monastery Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea)


Cobalt Sponge

Acanthancora cyanocrypta

(1: San Carlos Beach, Monterey)


Gray Moon Sponge

Spheciospongia confoederata

  
(1-2: Coral Gardens, San Clemente Island / 3: West of Santa Barbara Island)


Microciona Parthena

Microciona parthena

  
(1: Seal Cove, San Clemente Island / 2-3: Whaler's Cove, Point Lobos)


Neopetrosia Problematica

Neopetrosia problematica

(1: Whaler's Cove, Point Lobos)


Noodle Sponge

Leucetta losangelensis

  
(1-3: Whaler's Cove, Point Lobos)


Orange Sponge

Cyamon argon

(1: Lovers Point, Monterey)


Orange Puffball Sponge

Tethya aurantia

       
(1-8: Whaler's Cove, Point Lobos)


Peachball Sponge

Suberites montiniger

(1: Seal Cove, San Clemente Island)


Red Sponge

Ophlitaspongia pennata

(1: Whaler's Cove, Point Lobos)

Eaten by the red dorid.  Look closely in the upper right of the first picture and you can see a red dorid.


Red Volcano Sponge

Acarnus erithacus

       
(1,4-6: Whaler's Cove, Point Lobos / 2-3: Bluefish Cove, Point Lobos / 7: Lovers Cove, Monterey / 8: Monastery Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea)


Spiny Vase Sponge

Leucandra heathi

(1: Whaler's Cove, Point Lobos)


Tube Ball Sponge

Leucosolenia eleanor

    
(1,3,5: Whaler's Cove, Point Lobos / 2: Bluefish Cove, Point Lobos / 4: San Carlos Beach, Monterey)


Urn Sponge

Leucilla nuttingi

    
(1-5: San Carlos Beach, Monterey)

These are tiny, about the size of a grain of rice.