Species Overview

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Halichondria (Halichondria) bowerbanki Burton, 1930

Synonyms:

SPONGE:
Shape: Encrusting with branches often flattened lobes
Color_Alive: Yellow-tan; gold; or olive-brown
HABITAT:
Benthic Region: Bays and Harbors
Distribution: Central California

CHARACTERS

Skeleton:
Composition: Silicate
Architecture: Typical halichondriid structure
Oscula:
Visible: Frequently NOT obvious
Distribution: scattered
Ectosome:
Architecture: irregular and indistinct meshwork formed of loose bundles of spicules and of individual spicules mixed with occasional tracts
Megasclere:
Shape: Oxeas
Length: 170 -- 300 m
Width: 5.0 -- 12.0 m
Surface:
Apparence: Translucent or nearly so
Choanosome:
Color: orange-yellow
Ectosome:
Color: Ectosome light orange-yellow
Architecture: with widly spaced more or less parallel multispicular tracts