Species Overview

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Chalinula loosanoffi (Hartman, 1958).

Synonyms:
Haliclona loosanoffi Hartman, 1958.
Haliclona sp. B Hartman, 1975.

SPONGE:
Gemmules: Produces gemmules.
SPONGE:
Shape: Lobate to tubular
Size_height_tubes: to 6.5 cm
Color_Alive: Light Tan or Orange-brown or cinnamon.
HABITAT:
Benthic Region: Bays and harbors-commonly on Floats
Distribution: Southern California and Central California

CHARACTERS

Oscula:
Distribution: terminal
Diameter: 3.5--5.0 mm
Choanosome:
Architecture: Anisotropic reticulation;ladder-like; tracts of 2-6 or more spicules; most commonly multispicular. Cross spicules single and horizontal forming a loose reticulation and with chains of 2-4 spicules fastened end to end.
Skeleton:
Composition: Silicate
Architecture: skeletal structure highly variable
Megasclere:
Shape: Oxeas
Length: 66 -(85|156)- 185 Ám
Width: 2.0 --10 Ám
Note: Range and means in any specimen highly variable