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Forcepia (Forcepia) hartmani Lee, 2001.

Synonyms:

SPONGE:
Shape: Thin to thick encrusting
Size_thickness: up to 1.6 cm
Color_Alive: Yellow-light orange or buffy citrine
Color_Preserved: Light tan
Consistency: lightly compressible; friable
HABITAT:
Benthic Region: Marine: Intertidal. ]
Distribution: Central California to Northern California

CHARACTERS

Choanosome:
Architecture: Reticulation of wide tracts of Styles with overlying looser reticulation of random Styles and Tylotes.
Ectosome:
Architecture: Dense crust-like mass of bound Tylotes - Subtylotes parallel to surface
Skeleton:
Composition: Silicate]
Architecture: Reticulation of wide tracts of Styles with overlying looser reticulation of random Styles and Tylotes.
Oscula:
Density: numerous
Diameter: 1.0 -- 4.0 mm
Shape: round to somewhat irregular
Rims: slightly raised lips.
Note: In the larger specimens oscula tend to be within surface grooves.
Megasclere:
Shape: Styles-Acanthostyles with few spines
Length: 169 -(202|221)- 251 Ám
Width: 7 -(8|9)- 10 Ám
Surface:
Texture: Ridges hispid otherwise flat
Contour: nodular
Microsclere:
Shape: Sigmas
Length: 30 -(49|54)- 64 Ám
Megasclere:
Shape: Tylotes - Subtylotes
Length: 137 -(166|185)- 260 Ám
Width: 4 -5- 6 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Forceps
Length: 5 -(8|9)- 11 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Arcuate Isochelae
Length: 21 -(27|29)- 34 Ám