16 January 2013

Singapore sponges and Henry Carter

Thanks to Michael Downes, Singapore's marine life is featured in faraway UK in celebration of the great 19th century sponge expert Henry Carter who studied and named sponges from Singapore!
Michael has chosen to feature a photo of Singapore's Pseudoceratina purpurea in his wonderful write up. This is a photo of the sponge taken on Sisters Island and seahorses seem to like to cling onto the sponge!

Michael Downes volunteers as the Press Officer at the Fairlynch Museum and Arts Centre in Budleigh Salterton, Devon, UK, the birthplace of Henry Carter. I learnt a lot from the fascinating information about the work of Henry Carter that Michael has painstakingly put together.

I learnt for example that the Barrel sponge (Xestospongia testudinaria) was among those described by Henry Carter. This sponge is still seen in Singapore and can grow quite large!
Barrel sponge (Xestospongia testudinaria)
Other sponges named after Henry Carter include the Daisy sponge (Coelocarteria singaporensis ) considered among the most commonly seen sponges in Singapore.
Daisy sponge (Coelocarteria singaporensis)
Read more about Henry Carter on Michael Downes' blog post Sea, Salt and Sponges.
Thanks once again to Michael Downes for sharing about Singapore's sponges!

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