Australian Biological Resources Study

Australian Faunal Directory


Regional Maps

Genus Phorbas Duchassaing & Michelotti, 1864




New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

West Indian region, N Atlantic Ocean, Red Sea, Arctic, Mediterranean Sea, S Africa, Indo-Malayan region, New Zealand, Japan, N Pacific Ocean, SE Pacific Ocean, Antarctic and Subantarctic.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Central Western Shelf Transition (28), Central Western Shelf Province (29), Western Bass Strait Shelf Transition (34), Bass Strait Shelf Province (35), Tasmanian Shelf Province (36), Southeast Shelf Transition (37), Central Eastern Shelf Province (38), Northwest Province (4), Central Western Transition (5)

Other Regions

Australian Antarctic Territory

Distribution References


Thickly encrusting, massive or ramose sponges. Pores grouped in sieve-plates (areolae); ectosomal skeleton with a crust of isochelae and diactinal spicules which form fans disposed at right angles and tangential to the surface; heavily spined acanthostyles core plumose or plumo-reticulate choanosomal tracts, or these may be replaced by smooth diactinal tornotes; echinating acanthostyles also heavily spined; microscleres are arcuate isochelae and sigmas, both of which may be absent. About 70 species.


ID Keys

See Family Hymedesmiidae Diagnosis.


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
29-Mar-2018 15-Dec-2011 MOVED
29-Mar-2018 13-Apr-2011 MODIFIED
12-Feb-2010 (import)