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Puffball Sponge, Tethya aurantia.jpg
Tethya aurantium
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Porifera
Class: Demospongiae
Order: Tethyida
Family: Tethyidae
Genus: Tethya
Lamarck, 1815

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  • Alemo Wright, 1881
  • Amniscos Gray, 1867
  • Donatia Nardo, 1833
  • Taboga de Laubenfels, 1936
  • Tethea Johnston, 1842 [lapsus]
  • Tethyorraphis Lendenfeld, 1888 [lapsus]
  • Tethyorrhaphis Lendenfeld, 1888
  • Tethyum Lieberkühn, 1859

Tethya is a genus of sea sponges belonging to the family Tethyidae.[1] Members of this genus all have a spherical body form[2] and some are known to be able to move at speeds of between 1 and 4 mm per day.[3]


Species in this genus include:[1]


  1. ^ a b http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=132077 accessed 15 April 2019
  2. ^ Branch, G.M., Branch, M.L, Griffiths, C.L. and Beckley, L.E. 2010. Two Oceans: a guide to the marine life of southern Africa ISBN 978-1-77007-772-0
  3. ^ Ruppert, E.E., Fox, R.S. and Barnes, R.D. 2004. Invertebrate Zoology ISBN 0-03-025982-7
  4. ^ Reitner, Joachim; Keupp, Helmut (2012-12-06). Fossil and Recent Sponges. Springer Science & Business Media. ISBN 9783642756566.