Species Overview

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Dragmacidon sp. [of Lee]

Synonyms:

SPONGE:
Shape: Encrusting
Size_Thickness: --1.5 cm
Color_Alive: Exterior: scarlet to orange-red; Interior: yellow to beige
HABITAT:
BenthicRegion: Marine: Subtidal
Depth: 7.6 -- 21.3 m
Distribution: SouthernCalifornia to Central California

CHARACTERS

Skeleton:
Composition: Silicate
Architecture: plumo-reticulate
Surface:
Contour: rugose
Texture: granular
Oscula:
Frequency: numerous
Rims: Slightly elevated
Shape: Round to irregular
Diameter: 1--2 mm
Ectosome:
Dermal membrane: dark; 30-61 Ám thick
Choanosome:
Architecture: plumo-reticulate. Columns 90-120 Ám thick and dominated by Styles. Cross-bracing 3-6 spicules- usually Oxeas- wrapped loosely with spongin. Basal skeleton more condensed with basal layer of spicules embedded in spongin.
Megasclere:
Shape: Styles
Length: 176 -(262|343)- 394 Ám
Width: 5 -(10|20)- 27 Ám
Megasclere:
Shape: Oxeas
Length: 176 -(268|365)- 412 Ám
Width: 5 -(8|22)- 27 Ám