Species Overview

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Dragmacidon mexicanum (de Laubenfels, 1935) [of Sim & Bakus, 1986]

Synonyms:
Axinella mexicana de Laubenfels, 1935.

SPONGE:
Shape: Encrusting
Color_Preserved: Drab
Consistency: spongy to fragile
HABITAT:
Benthic Region: Marine: Deep water?
Depth: -140- m
note: reported depth is suspect
Distribution: Gulf of California

CHARACTERS

Surface:
Texture: resembles that of Acarnus erithacus
Oscula:
Density: numerous
Diameter: 1 mm]-- mm
Ectosome:
Dermal membrane: Not evident
Choanosome:
Architecture: plumo-reticulate with multispicular columns 152-212 Ám thick. Cross-bracing thick made up of multiple spicules wrapped in thick spongin
Skeleton:
Composition: Silicate
Megasclere:
Shape: Styles
Length: 273 -(390|400)- 473 Ám
Width: 16 -25- 27 Ám
Megasclere:
Shape: Oxeas
Length: 300 -(437|465)- 473 Ám
Width: 16 -(23|25)- 28 Ám