Species Overview

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Mycale (Carmia) bellabellensis (Lambe, 1905).

Synonyms:

SPONGE:
Shape: Stalked
Size_Height: N(m)
Color_Alive: Drab yellow light-brown
Consistency: Fragile Sponge
HABITAT:
Benthic Region: Marine: Deep water
Depth: --800 m
Distribution: Central California to Northern California

CHARACTERS

Skeleton:
Composition: Silicate
Architecture: Cavernous with branched coarse spicule bundles cored with Styles. Superimposed on this is a loose irregular reticulation
Surface:
Texture: Rough
Oscula:
Shape: very irregular
Diameter: Very irregular
Ectosome:
Dermal membrane: Thin
Architecture: terminally expanded ascending fibers
Choanosome:
Architecture: cavernous with branched coarse spicule bundles cored with Styles. Superimposed on this is a loose irregular reticulation
Megasclere:
Shape: Styles-hastate with tornote points
Length: 352 - (420|534) - 594 Ám
Width: 8 -(11|13)- 15 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Anisochelae
Length: 15 -(33|46)- 63 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Anisochelae
Length: 53 -(76|89)- 96 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Sigmas-rare/absent
Length: 36 -53- 70 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Toxas-reported rarely