Species Overview

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Mycale (Mycale) hispida (Lambe, 1894).

Synonyms:

SPONGE:
Shape: Encrusting-generally small
Color_Alive: Light Yellow or buff or tan or gold beige to bronze
Consistency: Soft; fragile; spongy
HABITAT:
Benthic Region: Marine: Intertidal; Subtidal; Deep water
Depth: -153- m
Distribution: Central California to Northern California

CHARACTERS

Surface:
Texture: hispid; Soft to the touch
Oscula:
Diameter: 1.0 -- 2.5 mm
Rims: elevated to 1 mm or more
Skeleton:
Composition: Silicate
Architecture: Tracts of 2 - 6 Styles radiating to surface with lateral connections forming loose ladder-like skeleton
Choanosome:
Architecture: Tracts of 2 - 6 Styles radiating to surface with lateral connections forming loose ladder-like skeleton
Megasclere:
Shape: Styles
Length: 170 -(210|269)- 412 Ám
Width: 5 -7- 13 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Sigmas: may have wings and look like juvenile Isochelae. reports from pacific Northwest show no wings
Length: 23 -(27|52)- 59 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Anisochelae
Length: 26 -(31|50)- 68 Ám
Note: May occur in 2 size classes:Pacific Northwest-2 size classes -about 24 Ám