Tethya rubra

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Tethya rubra
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Porifera
Class: Demospongiae
Order: Hadromerida
Family: Tethyidae
Genus: Tethya
Species: T. rubra
Binomial name
Tethya rubra
Samaai & Gibbons, 2005

Tethya rubra, the red golf ball sponge, is a species of demosponge belonging to the family Tethyidae.[1] It is spherical in shape and grows to about 6 cm in diameter. It is reddish in colour. It appears to be endemic to the west coast of South Africa and has been found in 12m of water.[2]


  1. ^ http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=234248 accessed 14 November 2010
  2. ^ Samaai, T. and Gibbons, M.J. 2005. Demospongiae taxonomy and biodiversity of the Benguela region on the west coast of South Africa. Afr. Nat. Hist. 1(1):1-96