Species Overview

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Hamacantha (Vomerula) hyaloderma (de Laubenfels, 1932).

Synonyms:
Zygherpe hyaloderma de Laubenfels, 1932.

SPONGE:
Shape: Thinly; encrusting
Size_thickness: 1--3 mm
Color_Alive: Deep blue-violet
Consistency: Soft; fleshy
HABITAT:
Benthic Region: Marine: Intertidal to Subtidal
Distribution: Central California; Northern California

CHARACTERS

Surface:
Texture: smooth.
Ectosome:
Architecture: fleshy; packed with microscleres
Choanosome:
Architecture: scattered plumose tracts of Tylostyles; points upward and outward. These form terminal brushes at surface
Skeleton:
Composition: Silicate
Architecture: scattered plumose tracts of Tylostyles; points upward and outward. These form terminal brushes at surface
Megasclere:
Shape: Tylostyles
Length: 142-(171|187)-227 Ám
Width: 5--7 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Sigmas
Length: 12 -(23|25)- 65 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Diacistras
Length: 23-(30|33)-41 Ám
Frequency: May be scarce