Species Overview

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Cliona californiana (de Laubenfels, 1932).

Synonyms:
Cliona celata californiana de Laubenfels, 1932

SPONGE:
Shape: Massive - Encrusting - Penetrating
Size_Thickness: -- 6.4 cm
Color_Alive: Brown to bright yellow dark brown
HABITAT:
Benthic Region: Marine: Intertidal to very low intertidal: Boring into substrate
Distribution: Southern California to Northern California
Habitat: Boring into calcareous substrates with oscules and pores penetrating calcareous substrate

CHARACTERS

Ectosome:
Architecture: scattered Tylostyles
Spicules: Tylostyles
Choanosome:
Architecture: scattered spicules
Megasclere:
Shape: Tylostyles
Length: 190 -- 340 Ám
Width: 2.0 -- 13.6 Ám
Note: Spicule range to 80 Ám in any given specimen.
Skeleton:
Composition: Silicate
Architecture: scattered spicules