Species Overview

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Neopetrosia vanilla (de Laubenfels, 1930).

Synonyms:
Xestospongia vanilla de Laubenfels, 1930.

SPONGE:
Shape: Encrusting
Size_thickness: to 15 mm
Consistency: Stony hard
Color_Alive: White or pale yellowish drab or buff or tan or dull orange-brown
HABITAT:
Benthic Region: Marine: Low intertidal
Distribution: Central California.

CHARACTERS

Skeleton:
Composition: Silicate
Architecture: a confused reticulation with vertical multispicular tracts sometimes present especially near surface. Spicules densely packed
Surface:
Texture: Superficially smooth
Oscula:
Shape: round
Rims: often with raised rim
Diameter: 1.0 -- 2.0 mm
Distribution: 1 cm apart
Ectosome:
Architecture: Ectosomal skeleton indistinct.
Choanosome:
Architecture: a confused reticulation with vertical multispicular tracts sometimes present especially near surface. Spicules densely packed
Megasclere:
Shape: Oxeas -with a bend at each end.
Length: 150 - -160 Ám
Width: 11--12 Ám