Stylissa carteri

Stylissa carteri, commonly known as elephant ear sponge, is a species of sponge found from the Red Sea to Australia. Its robust, usually free-standing, yellowish-orange body with many spicules grows up to 50 centimetres (20 in) in size. [1][2][3]

Elephant ear sponge
Stylissa carteri at the Red Sea.JPG
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Porifera
Class: Demospongiae
Order: Scopalinida
Family: Scopalinidae
Genus: Stylissa
S. carteri
Binomial name
Stylissa carteri
Dendy, 1889
  • Acanthella aurantiaca Keller, 1889
  • Acanthella carteri Dendy, 1889
  • Axinella carteri (Dendy, 1889)
  • Phakellia carteri (Dendy, 1889)
Stylissa carteri (Red Sea, Egypt)


  1. ^ Lieske, Ewald; Myers, Robert (2004). Coral reef guide. Red Sea. p. 236. ISBN 9780007741731.
  2. ^ World Porifera Database - Species - Stylissa carteri (Dendy, 1889)
  3. ^ Stylissa carteri - Information on Stylissa carteri - Encyclopedia of Life