A 3D model of Diagoniella hindei
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Porifera
Class: Hexactinellida
Order: Reticulosa
Genus: Diagoniella
Species: D. hindei
Binomial name
Diagoniella hindei
Walcott, 1920

Diagoniella is a genus of sponge known from the Middle Cambrian Burgess Shale. 128 specimens of Diagoniella are known from the Greater Phyllopod bed, where they comprise 0.24% of the community.

The specific epithet hindei is a tribute to English paleontologist George Jennings Hinde.


Diagonella were attached to the sea floor by long spines at the base of the sponge. These spines are rarely preserved. The six-rayed spicules were not fused into a net, so were relatively fragile as a result. These sponges are very rare in the Burgess Shale of British Columbia, and sponges are relatively uncommon in the fossil record.[1]