Species Overview

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Timea authia de Laubenfels, 1930.

Synonyms:

SPONGE:
Shape: Amorphous massive encrusting
Color_Alive: Orange
Color_ Preserved: Drab
Consistency: Spongy; fragile
HABITAT:
Benthic Region: Marine: Intertidal; Subtidal; Deep water
Distribution: Southern California

CHARACTERS

Surface:
Texture: superficially smooth to minutely tuberculate
Skeleton:
Composition: Silicate
Architecture: fleshy with ascending tracts of densely packed megascleres -points upward
Oscula:
Visible: not evident
Ectosome:
Dermal membrane: to 80 Ám thick
Choanosome:
Architecture: fleshy with ascending tracts of densely packed megascleres -points upward
Tract Diameter: 100 -- 125 Ám
Tract Distribution: spread into terminal brushes at surface
Spicules: microscleres distributed throughout
Megasclere:
Shape: Tylostyles - Subtylostyles
Length: 210 - (463|536)- 790 Ám
Width: 7 -10- 18 Ám
Megasclere:
Shape: Styles
Length: 200 - 487- 840 Ám
Width: 4 -7- 11 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Tylasters
Length: 6 -19- 25 Ám