Species Overview

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Hymenanchora sp. A Green & Bakus, 1994.

Synonyms:

SPONGE:
Shape: Encrusting
Size_thickness: to 1 mm
Color_Alive?: Tan-grey
Consistency: Slightly spongy
HABITAT:
Benthic Region: Marine: Deep water
Depth: 92 -- 100 m
Distribution: Southern California

CHARACTERS

Surface:
Texture: smooth
Contour: with volcano-like mounds
Oscula:
Diameter: 0.2 --1.0 mm
Ectosome:
Architecture: Detachable dermis with tightly-packed oxeote diactins and Isochelae.
Choanosome:
Architecture: Acanthostyles with heads near base and tips pointed to surface; bundles of Strongyles.
Skeleton:
Composition: Silicate]
Architecture: Acanthostyles with heads near base and tips pointed to surface; bundles of Strongyles.
Megasclere:
Shape: Acanthotylostyles
Length: 350 -418- 590 Ám
Width: -13 - Ám
Megasclere:
Shape: Strongyles
Length: 300 -423- 480 Ám
Width: 6 -8- 10 Ám
Megasclere:
Shape: Oxeas
Length: 270 -332- 370 Ám
Width: 4 -7- 8 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Anchorate Isochelae
Length: 49 -58- 65 Ám