About Us:

This guide to Caribbean sponges represents a collaborative effort of researchers.

The Sponge Guide is made possible by NSF Biological Oceanography Program grants (OCE-0095724, 0550468, 1029515) to Joseph Pawlik, UNC Wilmington and by by grants 12064, 23580, 23590 and 26594 of the Caribbean Campus of Universidad Nacional de Colombia, and by a 2013-14 Fulbright Visiting Professor Grant, to Sven Zea.

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


Photographers and Field Collection:

  • Andia Chaves-Fonnegra
  • Cristina Díaz
  • Chris Finelli
  • Micha Ilan
  • Tse-Lynn Loh
  • Susana Lopez-Legentil
  • Tadeusz Molinski
  • Scott Nichols
  • Joseph Pawlik
  • Monica Puyana
  • Sven Rohde
  • Jan Vicente
  • 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 spongeguide.org

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. 2014.  The Sponge Guide: a picture guide to Caribbean sponges.  3rd Edition. Available online at www.spongeguide.org.  Accessed on: 2024-05-27


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