UNCW National Science Foundation Valdosta State University Universidad Nacional de Colombia The Sponge Guide

About Us:

This guide to Caribbean sponges represents a collaborative effort of researchers.  Currently the guide is comprised of images from the Bahamas.

The Sponge Guide is made possible by NSF Biological Oceanography Program grants (OCE-0095724, 0550468) to Joseph Pawlik, UNC Wilmington.

Image by Chris Finelli

Image by Susanna Lopez-Legentil

Sven Zea, Universidad Nacional de Colombia (Sede Caribe, Centro de Estudios en Ciencias del Mar), serves as the official sponge taxonomist.  Please contact him with any identification questions.

Database and web design is done by Timothy Henkel with the Department of Biology at Valdosta State University.


Photographers and Field Collection:

  • Chris Finelli
  • Micha Ilan
  • Susana Lopez-Legentil
  • Tadeusz Molinski
  • Scott Nichols
  • Joseph Pawlik
  • Monica Puyana
  • Sven Rohde
  • Tim Wong
  • Sven Zea

Image Use: 

Images are free to use for educational and instructional purposes only.  The photographer of each image is noted on the Image Details page of each picture. Please credit the photographer and the Sponge Guide.

Anyone who would like to use images for commercial uses or in publication should contact spongeguide@gmail.com

Data Use:  Data used from the Sponge Guide can be referenced as:
Zea, S., Henkel, T.P., and Pawlik, J.R. 2009.  The Sponge Guide: a picture guide to Caribbean sponges.  Available online at http://www.spongeguide.org.  Accessed on: 2019-08-24.


Please report any comments, questions, or suggestions to spongeguide@gmail.com!

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