Species Overview

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Clathria (Microciona) parthena de Laubenfels, 1930.

Synonyms:
Microciona parthena de Laubenfels, 1930.

SPONGE:
Shape: Encrusting
Size_Thickness: 3-20 mm
Color_Alive: Red to orange-brown
Color_Preserved: Drab
HABITAT:
Benthic Region: Marine: Intertidal; Subtidal; Deep water
Depth: 45 m
Distribution: Southern to Northern California

CHARACTERS

Surface:
Contour: Superficially tuberculate
Skeleton:
Composition: Silicate
Architecture: Ascending plumose tracts of smooth Styles which penetrate the surface. Subtylostyles mostly grouped at the surface. Acanthostyles sparsely echinating tracts
Megasclere:
Shape: Acanthostyles-fully spined
Length: 85 -- 170 Ám
Width: 5.0--8.0 Ám
Megasclere:
Shape: Styles
Length: 30 -- 475 Ám
Megasclere:
Shape: Subtylostyles-often with microspined heads
Length: 150 -- 300 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Palmate Isochelae
Length: 20 -- 30 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Toxas
Length: 14 -- 100 Ám