SpongeBob meets a real-life sea sponge in an issue of Nickelodeon Magazine.

Porifera, more commonly known as sea sponges or sponges, are invertebrate animals that live underwater. In real life, sea sponges cannot walk or swim, so they eat by filter-feeding. Many sea sponges reproduce by "budding," which is when a portion of the sponge breaks off and becomes a complete animal. Humans have used dried sea sponges as cleaning tools throughout history, but nowadays, most cleaning sponges are man-made.

In SpongeBob SquarePants, the main character is a sea sponge. The series' creator, Stephen Hillenburg, was a marine science teacher and thought that the sponge was a fascinating and underrepresented animal. In The Origin of SpongeBob SquarePants, Hillenburg explained that he chose to focus on a sea sponge because he considered it "the weirdest animal" on Earth. SpongeBob's early designs looked more accurate to a realistically-shaped sea sponge, but Hillenburg later thought that a square shape would emphasize the character's "nerdiness."

SpongeBob often displays traits typical of real-life sea sponges. He filter-feeds in "I Had an Accident" and reproduces by budding in multiple episodes, including "Pressure." In The SpongeBob Musical, SpongeBob's exact species of sea sponge is identified: Aplysina fistularis, a yellow sea sponge commonly found in open waters.[1]

Characters

The characters that belong to this phylum are:

Description

Square

Since several sponges in the series are based off of SpongeBob's design, many are square-shaped. The sponges that are square are SpongeBob, Grandpa SquarePants, Primitive Sponge, SpongeBob's Grandson, Stanley, Sherm, the Drifter, Girly Teengirl, SpongeTron, SpongeGar, SpongeBuck, Todd, and the sponge on the New Sponge billboard. All but Sherm have a long nose.

Short

This is the most common look of the square sponges in the series. The sponges that are square are SpongeBob, Grandpa SquarePants, Primitive Sponge, SpongeBob's Grandson, Sherm, the Drifter, Girly Teengirl, SpongeTron, and SpongeGar, SpongeBuck, Todd, and the sponge on the New Sponge billboard.

They are all vertical rectangular shaped.

Yellow

This is the most common color of the short square sponges. The sponges that are yellow are SpongeBob, Grandpa SquarePants, Primitive Sponge, SpongeBob's Grandson, Sherm, the Drifter, Girly Teengirl, SpongeTron, and SpongeGar, SpongeBuck, and Todd.

Green

The only sponge that is green is the sponge on the New Sponge billboard.

Tall

The only sponge that is tall is Stanley S. SquarePants. Unlike the short square sponges, he has a vertical rectangular head and a skinny body. He is yellow with olive green holes.

Round

The sponges that are round are Blue SquarePants, Harold SquarePants, Grandma SquarePants, Margaret SquarePants, and BlackJack.

Brown

The only sponge that is brown is Harold SquarePants.

Tan

The sponges that are tan are Blue SquarePants, Grandma SquarePants, Margaret SquarePants, and BlackJack.

Phosphorescent Kitchen Sponges

Phosphorescent Green

Many of these sponges appear during the song "(Just A) Simple Sponge." in the "SpongeBob Musical: Live On Stage!".

Phosphorescent Yellow

Only two of these appear when SpongeBob plays his nose during "(Just A) Simple Sponge." in the "SpongeBob Musical: Live On Stage!".

Families

SquarePants family

Main article: SquarePants family

The Drifter's family

The only known member is the Drifter, a sponge who appeared at The Salty Spitoon and was thought to be SpongeBob by its bouncer, Reg.[2]

TeenGirl family

The only known family member is Girly TeenGirl, a sponge who appeared at Mr. Krabs and Pearl's house during Pearl's sleepover. Pearl thought that Girly was SpongeBob in disguise, working for Mr. Krabs, who was kicked out to avoid trouble.[3]

Habitats

SpongeGar lived in a primitive pineapple with his snail Gary.

Grandma SquarePants lives alone in a cottage.

Blue and Harold and Margaret live in metal houses.

BlackJack lives in a wooden house with his pet worm.

SpongeBob lives in a pineapple at the address 124 Conch Street. He lives with his pet snail, Gary.

Although it has not been confirmed, SpongeBob's grandson might also live in the pineapple with or instead of SpongeBob in the future.

Diet

As SpongeBob once said, in real life, sponges do filter-feed. However, in the show, they are able to consume many things.

SpongeGar was able to eat a large amount of plants and non-living things, such as sand once he and his friends discovered fire.

SpongeBuck was known to have made chili that tasted bad to at least Mr. Krabs.

Grandma SquarePants is best known for her cookies. She has also appeared with a cake. Her kitchen also contains a bowl of what might be food balls.

Blue was seen with a tomato juice.

Harold, Margaret, and SpongeBob have all appeared eating Krabby Patties.

SpongeBob has also consumed chips, chocolate bars, enchiladas, Barnacle loaf, at least one Jelly Patty, Kelp Nougat Crunch, at least one Kelp Shake, a peanut onion sundae, once a Rusty on Rye, apples, and many other foods and drinks. He also ate Snail-Po on one occasion.

Real-life sponges

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