Species Overview

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Hymedesmia (?Stylopus) sp. D Green & Bakus, 1994.

Synonyms:

SPONGE:
Shape: Encrusting
Color_Alive: Orange-yellow.
Consistency: elastic; fragile
HABITAT:
Benthic Region: Marine: Deep Water
Depth: 75 -- 90 m
Distribution: Southern California; Santa Maria Basin.

CHARACTERS

Surface:
Texture: superficially smooth
Contour: depressions and openings 0.15 to 0.4 mm.
Ectosome:
Architecture: bundles of Strongyles.
Choanosome:
Architecture: vertically-arranged Acanthotylostyles; heads buried in spongin.
Skeleton:
Composition: Silicate
Architecture: Vertically-arranged Acanthotylostyles; heads buried in spongin.
Megasclere:
Shape: Acanthosubtylostyles
Length: 83 -96- 164 Ám
Width: 5 -7- 10 Ám
Megasclere:
Shape: Acanthosubtylostyles
Length: 220 -260- 280 Ám
Width: 10 -12- 13 Ám
Megasclere:
Shape: Strongyles
Length: 208 -241- 265 Ám
Width: -5- Ám