Species Overview

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Kirkpatrickia topsenti (de Laubenfels, 1930).

Synonyms:
Tedania topsenti (de Laubenfels, 1930)

SPONGE:
Shape: Thickly encrusting to massive
Size_Thickness: --3 cm
Size_Area: 7.5 x 5.0 x 5.0 cm
Consistency: Spongy
Color_Alive: Salmon-pink dull orange-red dull orange-brown burnt sienna or pale terra cotta reddish-orange
HABITAT:
Benthic Region: Marine: Intertidal to Subtidal
Distribution: Southern California and Central California

CHARACTERS

Megasclere:
Shape: Styles - Subtylostyles
Length: 222 -(293|320)- 398 Ám
Width: 6.5 -- 7.0 Ám
Megasclere:
Shape: Tylotes - Subtylotes
Length: 195 -(247|274)- 333 Ám
Width: 4.5 -- 7.0 Ám
Surface:
Texture: Superficially smooth
Contour: numerous tubercles less than 1 mm high
Ectosome:
Dermal membrane: thin with tangentially arranged Tylotes. (originally designated as Tornotes)
Architecture: dermis is underlain by upright or random Tylotes-Subtylotes which also occur interstially in the choanosome
Choanosome:
Architecture: multispicular sinuous tracts of Subtylostyles to Styles
Megasclere:
Shape: Subtylostyles
Length: -250- Ám
Width: -11- Ám
Megasclere:
Shape: Tylotes
Length: - 200- Ám
Width: - 8 - Ám
Megasclere:
Shape: Rhaphides ( = immature Styles that look like Rhaphide)
Length: - 180 - Ám
Width: - 2 - Ám
Skeleton:
Composition: Silicate
Architecture: multispicular sinuous tracts of Subtylostyles to Styles