Species Overview

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Topsentia fernaldi (Sim & Bakus, 1986)

Synonyms:
Oxeostilon fernaldi Sim & Bakus, 1986.

SPONGE:
Shape: Thick; encrusting or massive
Consistency: Firm;friable
Color_Alive: Yellow
Color_ Preserved: Beige
HABITAT:
BenthicRegion: Marine: Deep water
Depth: - 46- m
Distribution: Southern California: Santa Catalina Id

CHARACTERS

Surface:
Texture: smooth
Contour: strongly and irregularly undulated
Oscula:
Density: sparse
Diameter: -- 6 mm
Ectosome:
Architecture: Dense random distribution of spicules
Skeleton:
Composition: Silicate
Architecture: Dense random distribution of spicules
Choanosome:
Architecture: Dense random distribution of spicules
Megasclere:
Shape: Oxeas
Length: 170 -239- 350 Ám
Width: 4 -7- 10 Ám
Megasclere:
Shape: Oxeas
Length: 750 -813- 920 Ám
Width: 12 -26- 30 Ám
Megasclere:
Shape: Styles
Length: 400 -708- 920 Ám
Width: 15 -25- 35 Ám
Megasclere:
Shape: Strongyles
Length: 400 -541- 680 Ám
Width: 20 -25- 30 Ám