Species Overview

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Poliopogon mendocino Reiswig, 1999.

Synonyms:

DEFINING CHARACTERS:
Principalia = Pentactins and Hexactins.
Marginalia = Sceptres and Uncinates.
SPONGE:
Shape: A broad flaring funnel.
Color_Alive: Gold-yellow
Color_Dried: Pumpkin - orange
HABITAT:
Benthic Region: Marine: Deep water.
Distribution: Northern California

CHARACTERS

Skeleton:
Composition: Silicate (hexactin)
Architecture: Entirely of loose spicules.
Megasclere:
Shape: Pentactin
Length-tangential ray: 1.50-3.10-7.30 mm
Length-proximal ray: 500 -2500- 5900 Ám
Megasclere:
Shape: Hexactin
Length-ray: 1.20-3.40-7.20 mm
Megasclere:
Shape: Sceptre
Length: 7.60-12.20-19.40 mm
Megasclere:
Shape: Uncinate
Length: 3.60-6.10-9.00 mm
Mesosclere:
Shape: Pinule
Length-distal ray: 180 -226- 292 Ám
Length-basal ray: 124 -128- 155 Ám
Mesosclere:
Shape: Spiny Hexactins
Length-ray: 49 -84- 144 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Mesamphidiscs
Length: 61 -85- 131 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Micramphidiscs
Length: 26 -39- 60 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Hexadisc (rare)
Diameter: 26 -33 - 44 Ám