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Ball, Barrel and Vase Sponges

Azure Vase Sponge

Callyspongia plicifera

       
(1,7: Newman's Wall, Roatan / 2: Two Tall Two Small, Roatan / 3: Mary's Place, Roatan / 4: French Cay Cut, Roatan / 5: Calvin's Crack, Roatan / 6: Pirate's Point, Roatan / 8: CoCo View Wall, Roatan)


Black Ball Sponge

Ircinia strobilina

       
(1,5: CoCo View Wall, Roatan / 2: Neverstain Bight, Roatan / 3-4: Anka's Place, Roatan / 6: Pirate's Point, Roatan / 7-8: Newman's Wall, Roatan)


Brain Sponge

Agelas cerebrum

(1: Forty Foot Point, Roatan)


Branching Vase Sponge

Callyspongia vaginalis

    
(1: Newman's Wall, Roatan / 2: Forty Foot Point, Roatan / 3: Mary's Place, Roatan / 4: La Ventana al Valle, Roatan)

This one has been damaged:
(1: Pirate's Point, Roatan)


Giant Barrel Sponge

Xestospongia muta

        
(1: Minagerheas, Roatan / 2: CoCo View Wall, Roatan / 3: John's Place, Roatan / 4: Sponge Garden, Roatan / 5: First Bight, Roatan / 6: French Cay Cut, Roatan / 7: Calvin's Crack, Roatan / 8: Osman's Reef, Roatan / 9: Forty Foot Point, Roatan)

These are small ones:
 
(1-2: CoCo View Wall, Roatan)

Giant barrel sponges are tough, but not indestructible.  They also grow very slowly; large ones can be 2000 years old.  This one has a chunk missing, which will take a lifetime to grow back:
(1: Mr. Bud, Roatan)


Leathery Barrel Sponge

Geodia neptuni

(1: First Bight, Roatan)


Netted Barrel Sponge

Verongula gigantea

  
(1: Pirate's Point, Roatan / 2-3: Forty Foot Point, Roatan)


Orange Ball Sponge

Cinachyrella (sp.)

   
(1-2: CoCo View Wall, Roatan / 3-4: Newman's Wall)


Pink Vase Sponge

Niphates digitalis

       
(1: Newman's Wall, Roatan / 2: Harold's Hotel, Roatan / 3,6,8: CoCo View Wall, Roatan / 4: First Bight, Roatan / 5: Tulio's Reef, Roatan / 7: Mary's Place, Roatan)


Stinker Sponge

Ircinia felix

(1: First Bight, Roatan)


Strawberry Vase Sponge

Mycale laxissima

      
(1-2: Prince Albert, Roatan / 3,5,7: Newman's Wall, Roatan / 4: CoCo View Wall, Roatan / 6: Two Tall Two Small, Roatan)


Verongula Reiswigi

Verongula reiswigi

      
(1: Mary's Place, Roatan / 2: Anka's Place, Roatan / 3-4: Osman's Reef, Roatan / 5-6: Pirate's Point, Roatan / 7: CoCo View Wall, Roatan)