Species Overview

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Mycale (Mycale) lingua (Bowerbank, 1866).

Synonyms:

SPONGE:
Shape: Encrusting to massive;linguiform
Size_height: --30 cm
Color_Alive: Light yellow-grey or pale buff
Consistency: Tough; fibrous
HABITAT:
Benthic Region: Marine: Subtidal to Deep water
Depth: 31 -- 1267 m
Distribution: suspected but not verified as occurring in California.

CHARACTERS

Surface:
Contour: sulcate. Furrows forming irregular reticulation over the surface
Oscula:
Diameter: 4 -- 10 mm
Rims: on small cone-shaped elevations 2-3 mm high.
Skeleton:
Composition: Silicate
Architecture: Large bundles of megascleres rise to the surface where they form radiating tufts that penetrate the surface.
Megasclere:
Shape: Styles-Subtylostyles
Length: 255 -(544|830)- 1150 Ám
Width: 10 -(11|17)- 19 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Anisochelae-may be in 2 size classes
Length: 22 -(36|50)- 104 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Sigmas
Length: 15 -(20|27)- 53 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Raphides
Length: 18 - (42|51)- 78 Ám