16 Nov '11, 7am

‘Extinct’ sponge back from the dead

‘Extinct’ sponge back from the dead

‘Extinct’ sponge back from the dead 16 November 2011 by dbsnlls Leave a Comment Click on image to download pdf. ‘Extinct’ sponge back from the dead by Grace Chua Once, the enormous Neptune’s Cup sponge was common in Singapore waters, its metre-high, chalice-like form a popular trophy for collectors. It could be found in water from Thailand to Indonesia and as far afield as Australia. In 1822, the Neptune’s Cup was the first sponge described from Singapore after Sir Stamford Raffles landed. The second colonial Resident of Singapore John Crawfurd even called it one of “the strangest and most fantastic forms of organic life” ever seen. Yet for more than a century, it had not been seen locally and was thought to be globally extinct, until one was dredged up off Australia in 1990. But in March this year, local researchers found a young Neptune’s Cup (Cliona patera ) alive and w...

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