Species Overview

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Axinella sp. A Green & Bakus, 1994.

Synonyms:

SPONGE:
Shape: Encrusting
Color_Preserved: White to light tan
Consistency: firm
HABITAT:
Benthic Region: Marine: Deep water
Depth: 90 -- 130.5 m
Distribution: Santa Maria Basin; Santa Barbara Channel; Southern California

CHARACTERS

Surface:
Texture: crusty; prickly;hispid
Contour: may have digitate processes
Oscula:
Visible: No pores or oscula visible
Ectosome:
Architecture: Larger Styles perpendicular to surface with tips projecting from base
Choanosome:
Architecture: Encrusting base with condensed axis of spicules (mainly Oxeas and some small Styles) and spongin; larger Styles perpendicular to surface with tips projecting from base
Megasclere:
Shape: Styles
Length: 200 -636- 1500 Ám
Width: 13 -19- 26 Ám
Megasclere:
Shape: Oxeas
Length: 240 -351- 470 Ám
Width: 10 -14- 18 Ám
Megasclere:
Shape: Strongyles
Length: -400- Ám
Width: -2.0- Ám
Skeleton:
Composition: Silicate