Species Overview

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Mycale (Oxymycale) sp. 2 [of Lee].

Synonyms:

SPONGE:
Shape: Large thick conical with vertical openings on side
Color_Preserved: Tan to grey
Consistency: Consistency firm. Fragile when wet
HABITAT:
Benthic Region: Marine: Deep Water
Depth: 91 -- 256 m
Distribution: Southern California and Northern California

CHARACTERS

Surface:
Texture: Rough
Oscula:
Density: abundant
Rims: elevated to 2 mm in fresh material. elevations not seen in dried specimens
Skeleton:
Composition: Silicate
Architecture: Parallel tracts to surface and loose reticulation
Megasclere:
Shape: Styles to Oxeas with intermediates
Length: 570 -(671|730)- 836 Ám
Width: 15 -(18|22)- 25 Ám
Note: Longer spicules (to 1760 Ám) reported in fresh material only
Microsclere:
Shape: Anisochela-J-shaped with the foot equal to a small hook
Length: 15 -(18|22)- 34 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Anisochelae
Length: 36 - (44|47)- 60 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Anisochelae
Length: 60 - (94|117)- 135 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Sigmas
Length: 10 -(19|22)- 48 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Raphides
Length: 12 -(22|61)- 99 Ám