Species Overview

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Iophon chelifer (Ridley & Dendy) var. californiana de Laubenfels, 1932.

Synonyms:

SPONGE:
Shape: Amorphous
Color_Preserved: Dark brown
Consistency: fragile
HABITAT:
Benthic Region: Marine: Deep water
Distribution: Southern California to ? Northern California

CHARACTERS

Surface:
Contour: very lumpy and irregular
Oscula:
Shape: irregular
Diameter: 1]-- mm
Ectosome:
Dermal membrane: Fleshy with Tylotes bunched at or near surface
Choanosome:
Architecture: Dense isodictyal reticulation of Acanthostyles
Megasclere:
Shape: Acanthostyles
Length: 230 -320- 382 Ám
Width: 12 -- 13 Ám
Megasclere:
Shape: Tylotes- Subtylotes with microspined heads
Length: 235 -- 390 Ám
Width: 6 -- 8 Ám
Megasclere:
Shape: Styles
Length: 235 -- 280 Ám
Width: -3- Ám
Frequency: may not be present or may be immature
Microsclere:
Shape: Palmate Anisochelae
Length: 15 -- 40 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Bipocillae
Length: 14 - -18 Ám