Species Overview

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Suberites latus (Lambe, 1892) [of Bakus & Green, 1987].

Synonyms:
Suberites ficus [of Bakus & Green, 1987

SPONGE:
Shape: Semispherical; broadly lobate
Color_Alive: Yellow-tan to yellow-orange
Color_Preserved: Yellowish-brown in ethanol
Consistency: spongy; compressible but firm.
HABITAT:
Benthic Region: Marine: Deep water
Depth: --183 m
Distribution: Southern to Northern California
Associations: Often with a hermit crab or mollusk shell.

CHARACTERS

Surface:
Texture: hispid
Skeleton:
Composition: Silicate
Architecture: Confused with only a few tracts to the surface
Ectosome:
Dermal membrane: present
Choanosome:
Architecture: Confused with only a few tracts to the surface
Megasclere:
Shape: Tylostyles
Length: 90 -(197|321)- 680 Ám
Width: 2.5 -(5.1|8.6)- 12 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Centrotylote Strongyle
Length: 12.3 -(21.2|28.5)- 56 Ám
Width: 1.2 -(2.6|3.1)- 4.0 Ám
Abundance: May be rare