Suberites carnosus (Johnston, 1842)

Fleshy horny sponge

Suberites carnosus

Morgat, France, 5 meters, 2013, WBN

Suberites carnosus

Morgat, France, 5 meters, 2013, WBN


Suberites carnosus is a massive spherical sponge which may be assembled in a series of globulous masses or, in more voluminous forms, composed of large ball-shaped lobes. Simple forms may reach 15 cm in diameter and multi-lobed masses 30 cm in diameter. Usually, each lobe possesses, on its top, a single large oscule. The surface is smooth, soft and its colour varies from pale yellow to yellow orange. It is soft and when disturbed, the fleshy sulphur-sponge can retract a lot.

Similar to

Suberites ficus is a species quite similar to S. carnosus. It is less globulous, the oscules are more numerous and its surface is fibrous and slightly rough. In the same geographical area, is also a globular sponge with a single oscule but its roughcast surface clearly distinguishes it from S. carnosus.


Suberites carnosus is found in swallow waters attached to hard substrata, in the Atlantic Ocean, the North Sea, the English Channel and the South of the Mediterranean Sea.

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Données de distribution : Suberites carnosus (Johnston, 1842) in GBIF Secretariat (2019). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset accessed via on 2021-12-02.


Source : World Register of Marine Species

Biota (Superdomain)
Animalia (Kingdom)
Porifera (Phylum)
Demospongiae (Class)
Heteroscleromorpha (Subclass)
Suberitida (Order)
Suberitidae (Family)
Suberites (Genus)
Suberites carnosus (Species)

Page glossary

Oscule : Opening generally quite visible, through which sponges expel water they have filtered to extract food particles.


Text : Wilfried Bay-Nouailhat © 2004 - 2021.

Photos : © Wilfried Bay-Nouailhat. Published with his kind permission.
Websites and reference works : Consult bibliography

How to cite this page

Bay-Nouailhat W., april 2004, Description of Suberites carnosus, [On line], consulted on 2021 December 02.


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Wilfried Bay-Nouailhat

Diver - Naturalist
Underwater Photographer

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