Species Overview

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Spheciospongia confoederata de Laubenfels, 1930.

Synonyms:

SPONGE:
Shape: Massive
Size_thickness: to 14 cm
Color_Alive: Lavender grey orpurple grey or orange yellow
Consistency: Firm compressible
HABITAT:
Benthic Region: Marine: Low intertidal; Subtidal; Deep water
Distribution: Southern California and Central California

CHARACTERS

Surface:
Texture: superficially smooth
Oscula:
Diameter: to 1]-- cm
Skeleton:
Composition: Silicate
Architecture: Large canals and woody tracts; to 2 mm diameter- form vague reticulation.
Ectosome:
Thickness: to 2 mm]-- mm
Spicules: densely packed with spicules -outer ones points outward
Choanosome:
Architecture: Large canals and woody tracts; to 2 mm diameter- form vague reticulation.
Megasclere:
Shape: Tylostyles
Length: 200 -- 320 Ám
Width: 6-- 14 Ám
Note: Uniform size. Note; spicule range to 120 Ám.in any given specimen.