Sulphur Boring Sponge *

Cliona celata

Summary 4

Common around the Northern coast of the NI as well as the east coast of the South Island, in the intertidal and subtidal zones.

Is has 2 phases, the alpha phase as seen in the first 2 photos and the gamma phase seen in the third photo.

Can be either yellow or orange.

Found in indents and overhangs.

Sources and Credits

  1. (c) tangatawhenua, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), uploaded by tangatawhenua
  2. (c) Tony Wills, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), uploaded by Tony Wills
  3. no rights reserved, uploaded by Jaco Grundling
  4. (c) tangatawhenua, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)

More Info

iNaturalist NZ Map

Tide zone Intertidal, Subtidal
Habitat Indents, Walls
Location East Coast Northern NI, East Coast Southern NI, East Coast Southern SI, West Coast Northern NI