Species Overview

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Niphates lunisimilis (de Laubenfels, 1930).

Synonyms:
Haliclona lunisimilis de Laubenfels, 1930.

SPONGE:
Shape: Massive subspherical or encrusting
Size_Thickness: 5 -- 30 mm
Color_Alive: Pale buff; lavender; pink; pale rose-grey
Color_Preserved: Pale buff
Consistency: Tough spongy
HABITAT:
BenthicRegion: Marine: Intertidal to Subtidal: Attached to corraline algae or encrusting
Distribution: Southern California and Central California

CHARACTERS

Surface:
Texture: superficially smooth
Skeleton:
Composition: Silicate
Architecture: Anastomosing spongin fibers filled with Oxeas. Ascending fibers 70 - 100 Ám cored with many rows of spicules. Transverse fibers 70 - 100 Ám. cored with many rows of spicules. Isodictyal secondary reticulation.
Oscula:
Rims: crater-like with raised rims or flush]
Diameter: --4 mm
Distribution: distance apart > 1cm
Choanosome:
Architecture: Anastomosing spongin fibers filled with Oxeas. Ascending fibers 70 - 100 Ám cored with many rows of spicules. Transverse fibers 70 - 100 Ám
Megasclere:
Shape: Oxeas
Length: 70--160 Ám
Width: 3.3 - -10.6 Ám
Range: Usually the actual range is narrow but the mean may fall within the range listed