Species Overview

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Higginsia sp. 1 [of Lee].

Synonyms:

SPONGE:
Shape: Thickly encrusting
Size_height: -3.3- cm
Size_width: -4.0 - cm
Color_Alive: Not recorded
Color_Preserved: Light brown.
Consistency: Somewhat rigid but compressible.
HABITAT:
Benthic Region: Marine: Deep water
Distribution: Central California: Cordell Bank

CHARACTERS

Surface:
Texture: in places superficially smooth but hispid
Contour: extremely bumpy. Large lobes extend from base
Skeleton:
Composition: Silicate
Architecture: Thick Styles form irregular reticulation to random with a few obvious tracts to surface. Thin Styles;Oxeas; Acanthoxeas scattered in between.
Ectosome:
Architecture: Cortex of massive numbers of Acanthoxeas;outer ones parallel to surface and tightly scattered within. Large Styles and many small Styles penetrate surface; both heads and tips free.
Choanosome:
Architecture: Thick Styles form irregular reticulation to random with a few obvious tracts to surface. Thin Styles
Megasclere:
Shape: Thin Styles
Length: 1.88-2.59-3.08 mm
Width: 7 -- 12 Ám
Megasclere:
Shape: Thick Styles
Length: 848 -1074 - 1285 Ám
Width: 41--51 Ám
Megasclere:
Shape: Oxeas
Length: 606 -1120- 1660 Ám
Width: 7-- 12 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Bent Acanthoxeas
Length: 60 -145- 229 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Centrotylote Oxeas
Length: 60 -145- 229 Ám