Species Overview

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Acanthancora cyanocrypta (de Laubenfels, 1930).

Synonyms:
Hymenamphiaster cyanocrypta de Laubenfels, 1930.

SPONGE:
Shape: Encrusting
Size_Thickness: --4 mm
Color_Alive: Deep cobalt blue; light orange
HABITAT:
Benthic Region: Marine: Intertidal to subtidal
Distribution: Southern California to Northern California

CHARACTERS

Surface:
Texture: superficially velvety
Oscula:
Visible: not evident
Ectosome:
Dermal membrane: Fleshy
Thickness: - 7.0- Ám
Note: Few spicules
Choanosome:
Architecture: Acanthostyles with heads embedded in basal layer of spongin. Above are scattered Acanthostyles. Above this layer is an area with few Acanthostyles and Tornotes in bundles or scattered. Amphiasters throughout sponge.
Skeleton:
Compostion: Silicate
Architecture: Acanthostyles with heads embedded in basal layer of spongin.
Megasclere:
Shape: Acanthostyles
Length: 75 -145- 280 Ám
Width: 8.0 -- 8.5 Ám
Megasclere:
Shape: Tornotes -very thin
Length: 113 -(125|129)- 170 Ám
Width: -3.2- Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Amphiasters
Length: 10 -(13|17)- 17 Ám
Biology:
Symbionts: Throughout are abundant blue spiral microbes