Species Overview

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Clathria (Thalysias) originalis (de Laubenfels, 1930).

Synonyms:
Axocieleta originalis (de Laubenfels, 1930).

SPONGE:
Shape: Encrusting
Size_Thickness: 3 - 16 mm
Color_Alive: Orange Red scarlet to vermilion salmon-pink orange-brown pale yellow ochre
Consistency: Stiff -slightly compressible
HABITAT:
Benthic Region: Marine: Intertidal; Subtidal; Deep water
Depth: -75- m
Distribution: Southern California to Northern California

CHARACTERS

Oscula:
Shape: round
Diameter: 2]-- mm
Skeleton:
Composition: Silicate
Architecture: Thick Styles to Subtylostyles in ascending echinated tracts joined by cross spicules. Thin Styles to Subtylostyles localized at surface and scattered within
Megasclere:
Shape: Thin Styles to Subtylostyles
Length: 90 --200 Ám
Width: 2 -- 5
Megasclere:
Shape: Thick Styles to Subtylostyles
Length: 130 -- 165 Ám
Width: 9 -- 12 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Palmate Isochelae
Length: 12 -- 19 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Toxas with high arch
Length: 46 -- 112 Ám
Frequency: may be absent