Species Overview

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Antho (Antho) lithophoenix (de Laubenfels, 1927).

Synonyms:

SPONGE:
Shape: Encrusting
Size_Thickness: --3 cm
Color_Alive: Scarlet
Consistency: Firm
HABITAT:
Benthic Region: Marine:Intertidal; Subtidal;Deep Water
Depth: --39 m
Distribution: Southern California to Central California

CHARACTERS

Ectosome:
Architecture: Acanthose spicule reticulation with longer acanthose spicules and Styles arising at the nodes-often penetrating surface
Spicules: Thin Styles to Subtylostyles standing erect at or near the surface
Megasclere:
Shape: Acanthostyle to Acanthostrongyle
Length: 113 -(134 |149) - 160 Ám
Width: 11.0 - -12.5 Ám
Megasclere:
Shape: Acanthostyles to Acanthostrongyles-often with microspined heads
Length: 154 -(179|197)- 301 Ám
Width: 11.5 -- 13.0 Ám
Megasclere:
Shape: Style
Length: 147 -(197|309) - 447 Ám
Width: 12.5 - -14) Ám
Megasclere:
Shape: Styles to Subtylostyles often with microspined heads.
Length: 121 -(200|272)- 383 Ám
Width: 3.5 -- 4.5 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Palmate Isochelae
Length: 13 -(19|22)- 26 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Toxa
Length: 19 -(83|116)- 260 Ám
Surface:
Texture: hispid - superficially tuberculate - tubercles 1 - 2 mm high
Oscula:
Density: rare
Diameter: -0.5- mm
Choanosome:
Architecture: A reticulation of Acanthostyles to Acanthostrongyles with the longer Acanthostyles and Styles arising at the nodes-often penetrating the surface
Skeleton:
Composition: Silicate
Architecture: A reticulation of Acanthostyles to Acanthostrongyles with the longer Acanthostyles and Styles arising at the nodes-often penetrating the surface