Species Overview

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Hymedesmia (?Hymedesmia) sp. E Green & Bakus, 1994.

Synonyms:

SPONGE:
Shape: Thin encrusting
Color_Alive: Tan to light orange
Consistency: Fragile
HABITAT:
Benthic Region: Marine: Deep water
Depth: 75--90 m
Distribution: Southern California: Santa Maria Basin.

CHARACTERS

Surface:
Texture: prickly;hispid.
Ectosome:
Spicules: Tornotes.
Choanosome:
Architecture: Vertically-oriented Acanthostyles; heads buried in spongin. Microscleres abundant.
Skeleton:
Composition: Silicate
Megasclere:
Shape: Acanthostyles
Length: 65 -91- 202 Ám
Width: 5.0 -6.0- 8.0 Ám
Megasclere:
Shape: Acanthostyles
Length: 230 -423- 500 Ám
Width: 10 -12- 13 Ám
Megasclere:
Shape: Tornotes
Length: 161 -177- 200 Ám
Width: 3.0 -3.0- 4.0 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Arcuate Isochelae
Length: 10 -17- 21 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Anchorate Isochelae
Length: 21-23- 26 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Sigmas
Length: 10 -11- 13 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Sigmas
Length: 29 -39- 49 Ám