Species Overview

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Spongia (Spongia) idia de Laubenfels, 1932 .

Synonyms:

SPONGE:
Shape: Massive
Color_Alive: Slate grey
Consistency: Spongy
HABITAT:
Benthic Region: Marine: Intertidal to Subtidal
Distrilbution: Central California

CHARACTERS

Surface:
Contour: profusely conulose
Conules: less than 1 mm high and 1 mm apart
Spongin:
Type: Primary fibers -With some spicular inclusions and somewhat fasciculated or fenestrated architecture
Spongin:
Type: Secondary Fibers-often contorted
Diameter: 60--200 Ám
Ectosome:
Architecture: Organic dermis- not readily detachable;melanistic
Thickness: 300 - 700]- Ám
Choanosome:
Architecture: Flesh packed with flagellate chambers
Note: Endosome contains foreign spicules and fragments of spicules andsome sand and debris
Skeleton:
Composition: Spongin
Architecture: somewhat fasciculated or fenestrated