Chalinula nematifera (Porifera: Haplosclerida) is an encrusting sponge able to overgrow live corals. Chalinula nematifera belongs to the order Haplosclerida, family Chalinidae. It is characterised by a mauve colouration and by white, wavy filaments, produced by symbiotic fungi.
This species was originally described by De Laubenfels (1954, as Nara nematifera) in association with corals of the Western-Central Pacific Ocean (Great Barrier Reef, Marshall Islands, Micronesia). Information.. more