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Aplysilla glacilis (Dybowski, 1880).

Synonyms:

SPONGE:
Shape: Encrusting
Size_Thickness: -3- mm
Color: Olive-tan; salmon pink or coral
HABITAT:
Benthic Region: Marine: Intertidal
Distribution: Central California

CHARACTERS

Skeleton:
Composition: Spongin
Architecture: Dendritic fibers arise from basal plate
Differentiation: Ectosome 8 Ám
Surface:
Texture: Fleshy
Contour: conulose:conules 1-2 mm high/2-3 mm apart
Oscula:
Shape: round
Disrtibution: Scattered
Diameter: -1- mm
Note:: Oscula not evident as distinct from pores
Spongin:
Type: Primary fibers
Diameter: 80 -- 255 Ám
Note:: NO inclusions and with concentric layers
Ectosome:
Dermis: Distinct
Thickness: -8- Ám
Choanosome:
Architecture: Dense mass of flagellated chambers permeated by canals and dendritic fibers.Fibers arise from a basal plate