Species Overview

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Mycale (Aegograpila) adhaerens (Lambe, 1894) .

Synonyms:

SPONGE:
Shape: Amorphous; massive
Color_Alive: Light yellow or grey or light brown to violet-lavender
Consistency: Spongy; Compressible
HABITAT:
Benthic Region: Marine: Intertidal; Subtidal; Deep water
Depth: - 380- m
Distribution: Southern California to Northern California
Associations: Encrusting on Chlamas spp. to free-living

CHARACTERS

Surface:
Tecture: Smooth; felty to the touch.
Oscula:
Density: sometimes present
Diameter: to 4] -- mm
Rims: may be on conules
Skeleton:
Composition: Silicate
Architecture: Parallel often curved and branching tracts of styles (Plumo-reticulate
Ectosome:
Architecture: Thin membrane with regular reticulation of 3-6 spicules forming triangular or quadrangular spaces parallel to surface
Choanosome:
Architecture: parallel often curved and branching tracts of styles (Plumo-reticulate
Megasclere:
Shape: Styles-Subtylostyles
Length: 242 -(320|374) - 461 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Sigmas -may be rare
Length: 19 -(41|57)- 89 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Anisochelae
Length: 14 -(16|17)- 29 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Anisochelae
Length: 22 -(34|35)- 48 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Anisochelae
Length: 51 -(66|81)- 92 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Raphides
Length: 29 -66- 111 Ám