Species Overview

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Forcepia (Forcepia) acanthostylosa Lee, 2001.

Synonyms:

SPONGE:
Shape: Thinly or thickly encrusting irregular shape
Size: 1.5--33.0 mm
Color_Alive: Yellow to orange
Color_Preserved: Light tan
Consistency: Firm but soft and elastic
HABITAT:
Benthic Region: Marine: Subtidal
Distribution: Southern California
Associations: Thinly encrusting on Hinnites multirugosus

CHARACTERS

Surface:
Texture: smooth
Appearance: opaque
Contour: gently undulating
Skeleton:
Composition: Silicate
Architecture: Loose reticulation of Acanthostyles with thick tracts; many microscleres; dense.
Ectosome:
Architecture: Tightly packed Tylotes - Subtylotes parallel to surface.
Choanosome:
Architecture: Loose reticulation of Acanthostyles with thick tracts; many microscleres; dense.
Megasclere:
Shape: Acanthostyles
Length: 68 -(77|84)- 101 Ám
Width: 2.4 -(3.9|5.8)- 7.3 Ám
Megasclere:
Shape: Acanthostyles
Length: 181 -(220|236)- 265 Ám
Width: 2.4 -(4.4|7.0)- 9.7 Ám
Megasclere:
Shape: Subtylotes-Tylotes
Length: 195 -(227|233)- 258 Ám
Width: 3.6 -(5.0|5.6)- 6.0 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Arcuate Isochelae
Length: 22 -(26|29)- 36 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Arcuate Isochelae
Length: 46 -(51|58)- 68 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Sigmas
Length: 26 -38- 47 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Sigmas
Length: 53 -(68|72)- 78 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Forceps
Length: 7 -(10|11)- 13 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Forceps
Length: 21 -24- 29 Ám