species: Chalinula nematifera in Lizard Island area: all known taxa (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Chalinula nematifera

©Penny Berents: Chalinula nematifera at North Direction Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Porifera
Class Demospongiae
Order Haplosclerida
Family Chalinidae
Genus Chalinula
Species Chalinula nematifera



Distinguishing features

".. easily recognisable by its characteristic brilliant mauve-coloured coat and white, wavy filaments covering coral substrate." (Rossi et al, 2015)


  • Size data has not been obtained.


Web resources


  • Rossi, G., S. Montori, C. Cerrano and B. Calcinai (2015). The coral killing sponge Chalinula nematifera (Porifera: Haplosclerida) along the eastern coast of Sulawesi Island (Indonesia). Italian Journal of Zoology, 82(1): 143-148. LIRS catalog number 90275.