Species Overview

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Higginsia sp. 2 [of Lee].

Synonyms:

SPONGE:
Shape: Thickly encrusting
Size_height: -1.5- cm
Size_width: -2.0- cm
Color_Alive: Not recorded
Color_Preserved: Light brown
Consistency: Tough
HABITAT:
Benthic Region: Marine: Deep water
Distribution: Central California: Cordell Bank.

CHARACTERS

Surface:
Texture: superficially smooth;hispid and rough to the touch.
Contour: Sides furrowed with smooth lobes. Top
Oscula:
Rims: sunk into surface
Shape: round to slightly oblong
Diameter: 1.0 mm or less ]-- mm
Note: with membranous surrounding ring
Ectosome:
Architecture: Only present on some surfaces
Choanosome:
Architecture: Thick Styles form irregular reticulation to random with a few obvious tracts to surface. Thin Styles and Oxeas and Acanthoxeas scattered in between.
Megasclere:
Shape: Thin Styles
Length: 970 -1201- 3757 Ám
Width: 15 -- 27 Ám
Megasclere:
Shape: Thick Styles
Length: 1.66-1.95-2.22 mm
Width: 34 -- 43 Ám
Megasclere:
Shape: Oxeas
Length: 848 -1199- 1600 Ám
Width: 24 -- 36 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Bent Acanthoxeas
Length: -- Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Centrotylote Oxeas
Length: 63 -104- 183 Ám
Skeleton:
Composition: Silicate