Asteropus simplex   (Carter,  1879) (Sponge)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Demospongiae

Color: Sandy gray

Consistency: Hard when dry

Surface rough due to the presence of oxeas projecting from the interior. Skeleton typical of the species.

Spicules: 1) Oxeas. Slightly curved and sharply pointed; size 0.4-2.2 x 0.084 mm maximum. Oxyasters. Centrum small to somewhat prominent and with 1-12 smooth or slightly roughened rays, rays suppressed in varying degrees, diameter up to 0.046 mm. 3) Sandiasters. Axis straight with pointed, blunt or even bifid rays in 2-4 whorls; size up to 0.020 mm.

Synonym (s)
Stellettinopsis simplex Carter 1879
(Genus transfer)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh (Lat: 22.6) (Long: 69.5) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Subba Rao, NV and Sastry, DRK (2005) Fauna of Marine National Park, Gulf of Kuchchh (Gujarat) ZSI 79 pp Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Marine Biological Station, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (2003) Checklist of marine fauna of Tamil Nadu Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Available at -
  • Thomas, PA (2002) Sponges of Papua and New Guinea IV. Orders Hadromerida Topsent and Epipolasida Sollas Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India The Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin 44(1 & 2) 187-195 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Dr. Ramesh, R; Dr. Nammalwar, P and Dr. Gowri, VS (2008) Database on coastal information of Tamil Nadu Report Submitted to Environmental Information System (ENVIS) Centre, Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Institute for Ocean Management, Anna University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Available at -

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